Free Monthly Jazz Concerts at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

Free Monthly Jazz Concerts at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

The Ron English Quartet
Sunday, April 25, 2010, 4:00pm – Free Admission

alt textRon English, with his Washburn guitar, 2007. Photo by Derek English.

This month “Jazz at JAPC” presents the Ron English Quartet. Jazz guitarist Ron English has enjoyed a long and varied music career, with roots wide and deep in blues, Broadway, bebop, avant-garde, funk, Motown, and gospel. Ron started out playing a sort of roadhouse jazz and blues mix in various organ trios, including his long time employer and collaborator Lyman Woodard.

In the mid-60s Ron joined the Detroit Contemporary 5 which was the house band of the Detroit Artists Workshop Society, an arts collective spearheaded by legendary poet and activist John Sinclair. In the 70s, he played with CJQ, led by Charles Moore and pianist Kenny Cox, exploring more post-bop and avant-garde paths and was featured on CJQ’s “Locations” and Lyman Woodard’s “Saturday Night Special”.

From the 70s on into the 90s, Ron toured and recorded with Michigan jazz artists Lyman Woodard, Phil Ranelin, Wendell Harrison, Kenny Cox, the Jimmy Wilkins Orchestra, the Austin-Moro Big Band, and Eddie Russ, with whom he toured Europe. He also toured backing the Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, and the Supremes’ Mary Wilson, and recorded with Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Ron currently teaches guitar, jazz theory and ensemble classes in the Continuing Education program at Marygrove College. He previously taught in Jazz Studies programs at Oakland University and Michigan State University.

Michael Aguilar-Christy, Deacon
Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
8625 E. Jefferson Avenue at Burns
Detroit, Michigan