After a long career of performing worldwide, Ron has retired from the road, and as normalcy returns, is eager to get back to work on the local level. Based in Mystic, CT, Ron has developed a new act after adding vocals in Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish as well as English. Ron is available for club, concert, restaurant and function work in solo and ensemble presentations. Best described as "Jazz, Swing and Oldies", it features Ron's guitar virtuosity on smooth jazz tunes, and vocal versions of oldies from In The Mood to Sultans Of Swing; hits by Sinatra, Nat Cole, Elvis, Everly Bros., Santana, Beatles, et al, and some Brazilian and Spanish selections, for listening or dancing.
fantastic time.. Ron and his band played our dinner party and it was great. Guests still talking about it
Response from Ron Murray:
The great, warm crowd made this gig easy for us and inspired our best, not to mention the hospitality. Thanks again, Chris!
Ron was a great asset for the party. He fit in perfectly.
Response from Ron Murray:
Very gracious hosts, talent in the family as several sang with me, great fun!
He was great. Accommodated us on a few requests.
Would hire him again in a minute!!! Elevated a family birthday party to new heights!!!! Highly recommend him!
Response from Ron Murray:
Doesn’t hurt to have a musical and very receptive audience, this gig was a pleasure!
Ron was fantastic to work with for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Everyone was talking about how well the music paired with the ceremony and the arrangements of songs we picked were beautiful. I would definitely recommend Ron for weddings or any other event.
Response from Ron Murray:
Thanks so much, Jack, that was a wonderful event, the setting, the weather and the beauty of your family and the bride's family together was inspirational.
Ron provided background classical Christmas music for our annual party. He had a fine touch with his guitar and was everything we could have wanted! We had given him a few songs we wanted to be able to sing with our 60 guests. He listened to Youtube so as to be able to play one of the songs he was not familiar with. He actually took only one teeny break in the entire 3 hours. We had encouraged him to please take breaks, share some of the food and drink and to feel free to mingle with the guests. He was amazing and dedicated and personable and importantly a very accomplished guitarist. I plan on hiring him again and again!
My family hired Ron to play solo at a private birthday party and everyone really enjoyed his music, especially the range, knowledge, and musical elegance of his sound on guitar. I highly recommend hiring Ron for an evening of truly enjoyable music.
What to Expect
During a function or club/restaurant date, I will perform music appropriate to the gathering, whether soft romantic background music, or energetic dance music, including requests made in advance by the client. My background enables me to offer all of the music needed for most functions, including wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours, as well as reception dance music. For corporate gatherings, themes can be chosen along similar lines to the concert presentations. We can do all-instrumental presentations as well, which are often preferred for background music situations. My solo act includes my own professionally-recorded backing tracks, excellent for small-budget situations where a full, danceable band sound would be desirable, and I also have excellent musicians on call to create a group of 2-6 pieces in Swing, Latin and pop/rock styles, featuring the music of the 40s through 70s.
Full-time professional guitarist, background in classical, Flamenco, Brazilian, jazz, blues and pop styles, without or without vocals. Good reader, good ear player.
Play acoustic, classical and electric guitars, utilizing Bose L1 sound systems for high fidelity.
Performances in local venues, jazz festivals across the country, and with Boston Pops, Minnesota Symphony, Sergio Franchi, Johnny Mathis, Tom Jones, Man of La Mancha, Hello Dolly, and many others. I taught at New England Conservatory's Extension Division for many years, and was also on the faculty or staff of Berklee College of Music, Wesleyan University and Boston Conservatory of Music. I have recorded 8 CDs, my latest being "Romanza" on the Whaling City Sound label.
My solo repertoire ranges from classical to Flamenco to Bossa and my arrangements of standards and pop hits. I sing in a soft Jobim/Knopfler style, covering swing era classics, oldies, calypso, country, classic rock and bossa-nova songs in Brazilian Portugese, Gypsy Kings in Spanish. I can work solo acoustic, with my own tracks, made in my studio, in a duo with percussion or sax/flute, or with a band of 3-5 pieces (my trio is called Vinyl Daze, and can be augmented by horns and/or keyboards). My wardrobe includes tuxedo, suits, calypso style, Spanish style vest and tux shirt, everything from formal to casual, but always looking like a pro performer. I use the Bose L1 sound system for most engagements, but also own battery-powered amplification for sailboat or garden gigs. My best situations are listening clubs/restaurants, weddings, corporate functions, house parties or other somewhat sophisticated, mixed-age audiences. I can play for dancing with tracks or a band, mostly well-known classics from the 1940s to 1970s.
Additional Booking Notes
We generally provide our own sound and lights for small functions (up to 200 guests), with the client supplying tech support for larger situations. We have worked in major casinos with full tech, as well as in aircraft hangars with hired sound and lights (Pratt & Whitney is one of our repeat clients); we work outdoors, on yachts and sailboats (battery-operated amplification is available when needed), and have performed for audiences of 12 (executive dinners) to 2000 (Mohegan Sun Annual Tribal dinners) and to as many as 5000 (opening for the Benny Goodman Orchestra at Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford, CT). As a solo performer, I often concertize in libraries and museums, and can provide my own sound reinforcement for audiences of up to 250 or so. We like to feel that we are easy to work with, and we don't make unreasonable demands, although we always are at the top of our game when everything works right. We will supply technical riders with contracts when warranted, but, again, they are generally quite reasonable. I have found through the years that a little bit of professional courtesy and trust goes a very long way.
Upcoming Booked Events
|October 15, 2021 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 22, 2021 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Reception|
Past Booked Events
|September 05, 2021 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm||Dinner Party|
|July 17, 2021 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Birthday Party|
|June 12, 2021 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|July 20, 2019 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|June 22, 2019 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 09, 2018 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 08, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Christmas Party|
We specialize in well-known oldies from the 40s through the 70s, with some jazz and classical repertoire available as well. From "In The Mood" to "Sultans of Swing", we cross styles and genres easily: swing, jump blues, blues, early Rock 'n' Roll, Classic Rock, jazz hits and some Latin styles, including Calypso, Reggae, Bossa Nova and Samba. Some examples: Nice and Easy, Dream Lover, Sway, Girl From Ipanema, Under The Boardwalk, Don't Be Cruel, Pretty Woman, Sweet Caroline, Margaritaville, Black Magic Woman, Jamaica Farewell, Boot Scootin' Boogie, Pride & Joy, Brown-Eyed Girl, It's Not Unusual, I Shot The Sheriff, Ain't No Sunshine, After Midnight, Sultans Of Swing, I Can See Clearly Now and many, many more.
|Ron Murray||Leader, Guitar/Vocals|
|Mark Gerhert||Bass (upright and electric)|
Influences & Inspiration
Popular music from the late 40s onwards (The Great American Songbook), as well as the great songs of the classic rock era and familiar jazz, movie and Broadway songs are all part of our musical menu. The Bossa-nova stars Jobim, Gilberto and Getz, the great guitarists from Segovia to Montoya to Santana and Feliciano, the many superb singers I accompanied over the years, from Sergio Franchi to Tom Jones and Johnny Mathis, and the wonderful singer/songwriters worldwide, from Carole King and James Taylor to Brazilian Caetano Veloso, Italian Bruno Martino and Eduardo Falu of Argentina are all profound influences, along with the great jazz masters such as Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck.
Completely dependent upon engagement