Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Exceptional Musicians Name Their Top 10 Favorite Songs, Chapter 5: Ron Kalina

Ron Kalina
Ron Kalina is very special to most of the musicians and Jazz lovers here in California because he is one of the absolute best harmonica players in the country. He performs every week at many of the local venues in the Desert. Ron also plays piano and sings but his sweet spot is playing the greatest ballads out of the "Great American Songbook" on harmonica.  Recently I was with some of my  some friends,  and I asked them if they liked harmonica music?  They answered quickly that the sound of a harmonica was not something they enjoyed. I can understand this because until you hear a musical genius like Ron Kalina play ballads, you really can't appreciate how incredible he makes a harmonica sound.  I played a couple of songs from Ron's "Odd Couple" CD and they were stunned.  Audiences hearing Ron play for the first time are many times taken by surprise at how adept he is at playing and the sound he produces.

Ron plays at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel every Monday from 6pm to 9pm and I encourage all my Jazz loving friends to go to hear him!

                                Ron Kalina Shares His Top 10 Favorite Songs

1.  "Lush Life"
2.  "Round Midnight"
3.  "It Never Entered My Mind"
4.  "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me"
5.  "Laura"
6.  "Body and Soul"
7.  "Sophisticated Lady"
8.  "If You Go Away"  (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
9.  "Emily"
10."Stardust"

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