Applied Jazz Piano
Born in New York City, Ron was inspired to study music by his parents
who loved all forms of music and by his grandfather Angelo Perrillo who
was a New York area guitarist and singer. His family moved to South
Florida in 1973. There he attended Coconut Creek High School majoring in
music, playing trumpet and baritone horn in their symphonic and jazz
While still in high school he started playing piano for the BCC
Neophonic Jazz Band under the direction of Bernie Switzer. After
attending Broward Community Colleges jazz program studying under J.B.
Dyas, he began freelancing with Florida greats Ben Champion, Jaco
Pastorius, Randy Bernsen and Ira Sullivan as well as performing with
visiting artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess and
Michael Brecker. In 1990 Ron was one of five finalists in The Great
American Jazz Piano Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind.
Ron was introduced to Chicago jazz audiences while on tour with Ira
Sullivan in 1988 when he performed at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase. His
experiences while on tour with Ira Sullivan inspired him to move to
Chicago in 1990. Shortly after arriving in Chicago he formed his current
trio with bassist Dennis Carroll and percussionist Dana Hall. Hes also
played in groups with Chicago greats Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Eric
Alexander, Lin Halliday and Pharez Whitted.
Ron has recorded for Blue Note Records with guitarist Fareed Haque,
for the Criss Cross Jazz label with guitarist Bobby Broom for
SteepleChase Records with Ira Sullivan and Von Freeman and for Origin
Records with Scott Burns and Geof Bradfield.
Ron is a jazz studies lecturer for DePaul University and for the
Thelonious Monk Institute through Chicago's Gallery 37 After School
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