Ron Robbins is a Southern California-based musician whose first CD, "Skyward," received national smooth-jazz airplay the the late eighties. It featured such notable talents as bassist John Pattitucci, guitarist Russ Freeman, keyboardist Tim Heintz, several members of Poncho Sanchez' Latin-Jazz band, and vocalists Nikki Harris and Rick Riso. In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Ron also plays flugelhorn, flute, saxophone, and congas. One of his "Skyward" tracks, the instrumental "Montego," was the first-place songwriting-prize winner in an international competition hosted by Billboard Magazine.
Two Japanese-produced CD's followed, "Round Twighlight," (Naoto Suzuki, producer), and "Lovebird" (produced by Grammy-winning Kazu Matsui). From these projects, several of Ron's vocal and instrumental tunes have been heard on Japanese radio, TV, and commercials for the past two decades.
Ron recently married a Japanese classical pianist, Shoko, who moved to Southern California in 2008. Living in Fukishima, just 40 miles from the blown reactor, all of Shoko's family and friends were affected by the terrible natural-disaster striking Japan in 2011. As a musical love-note of support to Japan, Ron and
Shoko recorded a new special version of the Japanese pop-classic, "Haruyo-Koi," released on the first anniversary of the March 11 tragedy. Along with this
new song-version, sung in Japanese but appealing to a worldwide audience with its smooth-Brazilian-jazz flavor, the Ron Robbins Ensemble is back with a
collection of their favorite mellow melodic offerings.