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Ron Brendle, a freelance bassist in the Charlotte area since 1981, was recently recognized by Charlotte Magazine as "Best Bassist." His innovative compositions and improvisational style have also earned seven awards as "Jazz Artist of the Year" by Creative Loafing Magazine. Ron was the recipient of two North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grants, which helped to produce his CDs Hypermobility and Photograph.

As a first-call bassist in the area, Ron has performed and recorded with many notable jazz artists of international stature, including Nneena Freelon, Clark Terry, Andrew Hill, Charlie Byrd, Charlie Rouse, and Mose Allison. Some recent recordings include projects with Loonis McGlohon, Mike Campbell, and Frank Kimbrough.

In addition to maintaining an active career as a free lance bassist, Ron has co-founded several adventurous groups that enjoy an appreciative audience base in the Charlotte area. Ron also performs numerous educational outreach concerts each year as part of the Charlotte Jazz Society and as bassist with Viva Klezmer.

Ron graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor Degree in music and now teaches Jazz Bass there. He studied bass with Charlie Haden at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida.

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NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Holly Hofmann, Nelson Rangell, Jamie Baum, Ali Ryerson, at National Flute Association Convention, Charlotte NC
Mose Allison at Jazz Corner, Hilton Head SC
Mose Allison in Charleston SC
Jason Marsalis and Irvin Mayfield at Spirit Square, Charlotte NC
Frank Kimbrough at UNCA, Asheville, NC
Frank Kimbrough at The Arts Center, Carrboro NC
Viva Klezmer at the International Clarinet Symposium, College Park, Md.
Ali Ryerson in Charlotte NC
Steven Riley in Wilmington NC
Frank Kimbrough at The Arts Center, Carrboro NC
Frank Kimbrough at The Reynolda House, Winston-Salem NC
Mark Levine at Wingate College
Viva Klezmer at the International Clarinet Symposium, Oklahoma City
Ron Brendle Quartet, Japan
Charlie Byrd at Vintage Theater, Winston-Salem NC
Clark Terry with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Irvin Mayfield at the King & Queen in Charlotte NC
Bucky Pizzarelli with Charlotte Symphony
Ernie Watts at Saxfest '97
Nnenna Freelon at Blue Ridge Blues & Jazz Festival and Brevard Festival
Lost Dogs at Buckroe Beach Jazz Festival, Va.
Hypermobility Quintet at UNC-Charlotte
Hypermobility Quintet at Davidson College
Nnenna Freelon at Greenville Jazz Festival
Vanessa Rubin at Jonathan's
Dave Pike in Wilmington
Davidson College, with Faction
Chris Potter at Columbia Jazz Festival
Andrew Hill and Chico Hamilton at Jazz Charlotte
Carl Fontana at Asheville Jazz Festival
Barney Kessel at Jazz Charlotte
Ross Thompkins at Columbia Jazz Festival
Bill Watrous at Columbia Jazz Festival
Nick Brignola at Columbia Jazz Festival
Kenny DaVerne at Jazz Charlotte
Jon Metzger at Mint Museum in Charlotte
Charlie Byrd at Carrboro Art Cente
Charlie Byrd at Jonathan's in Charlotte
Mose Allison at Art Center
Mose Allison at Jonathan's
Bill Kirchner and Marc Copland at Lake Lure Jazz Festival
Sheila Jordan at Jonathan's
Charlie Rouse at Jonathan's
Phineas Newborn at Jazz Charlotte
Hank Crawford at Davidson College
Herb Ellis at Papa Gallo's in Charlotte
Opened for Dizzy Gillespie at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte
Emily Remler at Papa Gallo's
Charlie Rouse at Papa Gallo's
Recorded with Mel Lewis and Dick Oates on Jim Brock's album PasaJes
Mose Allison at Maynard's in Charlotte
Tal Farlow at Maynard's

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HONORS

2010 - Recorded soundtrack to "Coming and Going" directed by Edoardo Ponti
2008 - Charlotte Magazine Best Bass Player
2007 - Charlotte Magazine Best Bass Player
2004 - Creative Loafing Magazine Jazz Artist of the Year
2004 - Creative Loafing Magazine featured Jazz Artist in "The Best of Charlotte's Original Music Scene" issue.
2003 - Creative Loafing Magazine Jazz Artist of the Year
2002 - Creative Loafing Magazine Jazz Artist of the Year
2001 - Recipient of North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grant
2001 - Creative Loafing Magazine Jazz Artist of the Year
2000 - Recipient of Charlotte Arts and Science Council Grant
1999 - Charlotte's Best Magazine Lost Dogs- Best Jazz Band
1998 - Recorded soundtrack to PBS Special on Tuskegee Airmen with Ziad Rabia
1998 - Charlotte Magazine Best Bass Player
1998 - Lost Dogs featured in Creative Loafing Magazine article
1998 - Creative Loafing Magazine Jazz Artist of the Year
1997 - Composition Not Forgetting used in soundtrack for motion picture The Architect
1995 - JazzSouth Sampler CD #2 featured my composition Hypermobility
1995 & 1996 - Creative Loafing Magazine Jazz Artist of the Year
1994 - Southern Arts Federation Showcase
1993 - NC Jazz Showcase
1993 - JazzSouth Radio Program #8 featured Hypermobility
1992 - Released CD entitled Hypermobility
1991 - Recipient of North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grant
1988 - Performed with Faction in Orlando at the DownBeat Magazine Music Festival, winning First Place Honors in the Small Group category
1985 - Chosen as one of four bassists to study with Charlie Haden for three weeks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida
1996-1997 - Commissioned to compose and perform a work with the Charlotte Symphony
1992-1996 - Charlotte Jazz Outreach, performing at 70 schools for 15,000 students