Ron Kearns is a performer, conductor, composer/arranger, record producer and educator.
He has performed with Ernie Andrews, Stanley Turrentine, Rick Henderson, Kenny Reed and many other notable artists. He has performed at venues such as the world renowned Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club (Washington, DC), The Iridium (NY, NY), Ryles Jazz Club (Boston), Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis, MD), One Union Square (San Francisco), The Music Center at Strathmore (Bethesda, MD), London's 100 Club and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His CDs, Hand Prints, The Ron Kearns Quintet, Live! at Blues Alley--Blues in the Alley, Looking Back, Stepping Forward (with special guest, Buck Hill), Live at Montpelier and Introspective are being played on CMJ and Jazz radio stations in the United States and Canada and have received critical acclaim from Cadence Magazine, JazzTimes and The Washington Post as well as several newspapers in cities in which he has performed.
As a producer, Mr. Kearns has produced albums/CDs for Candid Records, LTD, London, England, FOXHAVEN RECORDS, Jazz Karma Records and Tiffany Records. Some of the artists Ron Kearns has produced have won WAMMIE AWARDS (Washington Area Music Awards) and have received GRAMMY nominations and he is a three time GRAMMY Educational Award winner.
As an educator, Ron Kearns distinguished himself with excellent bands, orchestras and Jazz ensembles. His groups won numerous national awards and for 28 years, no group received less than a Superior rating for sight reading at any local, state or national festival. Mr. Kearns was selected by School Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of 50 Directors who make a difference (2004). In 2005 Ron received Down Beat magazine’s Achievement in Jazz Education Award. He has written liner notes for several nationally acclaimed recordings and has published articles on jazz production and performance. Ron Kearns is a Vandoren of Paris Performing Artist and is a featured writer on their web page. As a performing artist and clinician, Ron has presented clinics across the United States and Canada.