The Ron Kobayashi Trio consists of three uniquely talented musicians from the Southern California area. Each musician brings with him years of diverse musical experiences. Pianist and leader Ron Kobayashi has performed with Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Kenny Burrell, Eric Marienthal, Tim Weisberg and Paula Kelly Jr. and the Modernaires. He was a featured performer on the international 'Johnny Yune' television show, the 2002 Jerry Lewis Telethon and on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. In 1992, Ron performed for President Bill Clinton. Bassist and composer Baba Elefante was voted one of the nation's top bass players in a Bass Player Magazine poll. He also performed on the 1995 Universal movie 'The Hunted,' as well as with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Justo Almario, 'Yes' keyboardist Patrick Moraz and 'Kansas' lead vocalist John Elefante. Drummer Steve Dixon has done numerous recording sessions both as a drummer and percussionist. He has worked with 'War' harmonica legend Lee Oskar, saxophonist Richie Cole, trombonist Bill Watrous, vocalist Tierney Sutton and Warner Brothers recording artists 'The Untouchables.' The Ron Kobayashi Trio has played numerous music festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festival in Pasadena, San Bernardino Music Festival, The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival, the Dana Point Jazz Festival, the Yorba Linda Arts Festival, the Mission Viejo Music Festival, the Orange Street Fair and at the Colorado Belle in Laughlin, Nevada. The Trio has worked in Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada and shared the stage with such notable artists as: David Benoit, Eddie Palmieri, Cirque Du Soleil, Strunz and Farah and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In 2002, The Trio provided all music for the 10th Annual Hollywood Diversity Awards where such stars as 'The Rock,' Michael Clarke Duncan, and the cast of NBC's 'West Wing' were honored. The Los Angeles Times says the trio is 'superb jazz stylists.' The Ron Kobayashi Trio'S latest CD 'No Preservatives,' (Carpet Cat Records) was described as a 'five star session from three of the Southland's finest...' by the LA Jazz Scene. The Orange County Register wrote: 'If you define jazz, at least partly, as spontaneity, emotional expression and communication among musicians, you won't find anything better than 'No Preservatives.' The trio's current CD is being played on more than 75 radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada, and reached the 'Top 10 Playlist' on KAWC in Arizona. In 1996, the trio was voted 'Best Jazz Group in Orange County' by readers of the Orange County Weekly Magazine.
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