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RONDEW MONROE

RONALD G. MONROE
(aka - Rondew)
31-46 51ST STREET
WOODSIDE, NEW YORK 11377
646-221-6710
BASS & KALIMBA

BIG BAND PERFORMANCES
• Jazz Mobile – Directed by Frank Foster
• Long Island University – Directed by Pete Yellin
• Harlem Renaissance – Directed by Ron Allen
• Ray Abrams

PERFORMED WITH RENOWNED ARTISTS
Pharoah Sanders Chico Hamilton
Clyde Criner Walter Bishop Jr.
Kid-N-Play Tito Puente
Sandra Reeves Phillips Vanessa Rubin
George Benson Fostina Dixon’s Winds of Change
Jimmy Witherspoon Bross Townsend Trio
Toshi Kankawa Carrie Smith
Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie Norman Hedman’s Tropique
Lillias White (Tony Award Winner) Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison
Ty Stephens & Romantasy Craig Harris
AJ (ahhsh) Bill Coles
Weldon Irvine ‘Wicked’Wilson Pickett
Walter ‘Baby Sweets’ Perkins Greg Bandy`s Harlem Jazz All-Stars
Roy Ayers Amel Larrieux

OFF-BROADWAY
• The Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz
• Rhythm and Blues (R&B) Review
• Do-Wop Love
• The Fires

INTERNATIONAL TOURS AND FESTIVALS
• China – Hong Kong – Macu Jazz Festival
• Japan – Roppongi Village Jazz Festival
Kobi Village Jazz Festival
Osaka , Okayama, Chiba, Tokyo,
Nagoya, Kyoto, Kyushu
Hitachinaka Jazz Festival
• France – Nice – JVC Jazz Festival
• Spain – Barcelona – Jazz Festival
• Sweden – Stockholm Blues and Jazz Festival
• Caribbean Jazz Spectacular (Jazz Cruises)
• Switzerland – Bern
• Greece – Athens
• Morocco, Senegal
• Barbados Jazz Festival

• Jamaica Jazz Festival
• Monte Carlo – Sporting Club Summer Music Festival 2008-2012current
• Russia Far East Tour 2011, 2012 & 2013

INSTRUMENTS ENDORSEMENT
Atelier – Z Basses [Day’s Corporation Japan]

EDUCATION/BACKGROUND
• New York City Jazz Mobile
• City University of New York at Queens College – Music Major
• Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus – Jazz Plus Program

PRIVATE STUDIES – Bass
• Paul Ramsey (Bass Guitar), Michael Max Fleming (Double Bass),
• Rael Wesley Grant (Bass Guitar)

ENSEMBLE STUDIES – Conducted by Reggie Workman, Charles Davis, Cecil Bridgewater, John Stubberfield, Walter Bishop Jr., Henry Threadgill

APPEARED ON SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
Norman Hedman’s Tropique – ‘Taken By Surprise’ (composer of Maurice)
Norman Hedman’s Tropique – ‘Flight Of The Spirit’
Norman Hedmans Tropique -Garden of Forbidden Fruit
Ty Stephens & Romantasy – ‘Welcome To The Love Planet’
Deeper in Fantasy
Ty Stephens -
Aquarian Mind
AJ II – ‘What Would The World Be Like Without Music’
AJ - ‘Joy Ride’ (Bass & Co-writer of ‘Something Smooth’)
AJ -
Evolution’
Bross Townsend – ‘Music On My Mind’
Harlem Gospel Singers – ‘Happiness’
Kid-N-Play – ‘Fourplay’
Cecil Monroe – ‘Kickin’ It’
Derek D. – ‘The Wizard of Large’
Fostina Dixon – ‘Winds of Change’
Ed Jackson – ‘In A Sentimental Mood’
Reddyo – ‘Acknowledgment’ (Project Coordinator)
Aziza Miller – ‘J to the A’ (Bass & Producer)
Ofie – ‘Essence’ (Bass & Composer)
Taeko –‘You Taught My Heart to Sing
Takeshi Ogura – New Project

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Long Island University - Adjunct Teacher
Instructor of Ensemble Performance
Private Bass Guitar Instruction
Clinics (U.S. and Abroad)
Drummer’s Collective
Bill Jacob’s Ensemble – Teaching the history of music to ages from early childhood to high school; music of Africa to its influences throughout the Caribbean, South America and the United States
Arts for Kids

BRIEF BIO

Ronald G. Monroe a native New Yorker from the borough of Queens, experienced his earliest influences of Jazz from his parents, George and Eunice Monroe, both avid fans and listeners.

Ronald was introduced to a variety of music at an early age. He explains, “as far back as I can remember, I had a rich musical upbringing. Therefore, I felt a natural urge to play an instrument”.

Trap drums was the first musical instrument introduced to Ron. The basics of drumming were learned on his brother’s drums, Cecil Monroe. Cecil lives in Japan and enjoys an outstanding career as a drummer/musician.

Further musical development lead Ron to the bass guitar, acoustic string bass and kalimba. During his high school years, he was completely immersed in learning and playing music. Performances for church, school functions and various freelance engagements lead him to play with a variety of musicians. This would herald the beginning of his professional musical career.

Continual support and encouragement from his family, friends and leading artists, has guided him to new heights.