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Ron Paley: Biography

Ron Paley

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Ron Paley

Pianist and bassist Ron Paley formed the Ron Paley Big Band in 1976 after playing bass with the big bands of Buddy Rich and Woody Herman, with whom he recorded two CD’s. His tour with Woody Herman’s band included a month with Frank Sinatra resulting in the CD/DVD “The Main Event”.

Ron’s big band performed a number of concerts with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra that featured original works for big band and symphony orchestra. It also toured with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, playing jazz arrangements of songs by Rogers and Hart for the ballet “A Cinderella Story”.

Ron was commissioned by the Royal Canadian College of Organists to compose a work for choir and organ based on the text of Psalm 122. This was followed by a commission from the National Arts Centre to write a fanfare for the Royal Visit performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He was then commissioned by the Winnipeg Singers to write a work for choir and piano based on three of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

The Ron Paley Big Band has released its third CD - “Bring ‘Em Back!”.