Ron Small

Ron Small, originally from Chicago, has made Canada his home since 1960.  Ron got his professional start singing in the U.S. Air Force.  He was transferred to McChord Air Force Base and while there met three other singers performing in a vocal group. When the fourth member was discharged, Ron auditioned for and was accepted into their existing group,”The Pearls”.  While singing with the group, they won the “Tops in Blue” military talent show, the top prize being a guest appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  They won that year, and in September, 1958, Ron appeared with the Pearls on the Ed Sullivan Show. After being discharged from the Military, Ron began coming to Vancouver to sing at various Supper Clubs, one of the most popular being “Izzy’s”.  His second visit resulted in him moving to Vancouver.  He lived here from 1960 to 1974.  Ron moved to Toronto in 1974 and became a well-established jazz singer, working regularly in the Toronto Jazz Clubs.  During his time in Toronto, Ron also worked regularly in the Film Industry.  He eventually began auditioning for stage work, and when the musical “Showboat” came to town, he auditioned for and got a role.  Ron toured throughout North America with the show from 1993 until 1998. Since 1998 Ron has been back in Vancouver, focusing primarily on teaching and coaching jazz singers.  He is also a member of the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir.

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