Ron McClure

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Ron McClure
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Ron McClure at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, California, June 21, 1987
Background information
Born (1941-11-22) November 22, 1941 (age 77)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Jazz, jazz rock
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
Years active1965–present
Labels Bellaphon, Ken, Steeplechase
Associated acts Blood, Sweat & Tears

Ron McClure (born November 22, 1941) is a jazz bassist.


Early life

McClure was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He started on piano at age five, and later played accordion and bass. McClure studied privately with Joseph Iadone and, later, with Hall Overton and Don Sebesky. McClure attended the Hartt School of Music, [1] graduating in 1963.

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Later life and career

McClure worked in the Buddy Rich Sextet in 1963. He then joined Maynard Ferguson's big band [1] and, afterwards, Herbie Mann in 1964; and then assumed the bass chair in the Wynton Kelly Trio vacated by Paul Chambers in 1965 (playing behind guitarist Wes Montgomery).

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In 1974, McClure joined Blood, Sweat & Tears , staying through 1975 and performing on three albums: Mirror Image, New City and In Concert.

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In the 1980s, he joined Quest, led by saxophonist Dave Liebman, which also included drummer Billy Hart and pianist Richie Beirach. [3] He also recorded a duo album with pianist Michel Petrucciani. McClure's major engagements in the 1990s through the early 2000s were with Lee Konitz, and then with the reassembled Quest.

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Ron McClure (left) with guitarist Johnny Alegre (center) and drummer Billy Hart (right). This photo was taken in New York City when they recorded Johnny Alegre 3 for MCA. McClure-Alegre-Hart.JPG
Ron McClure (left) with guitarist Johnny Alegre (center) and drummer Billy Hart (right). This photo was taken in New York City when they recorded Johnny Alegre 3 for MCA.

As leader

As sideman

With Burak Bedikyan

With Carla Bley

With Paul Bley

With George Cables

With Stanley Cowell

With Don Friedman

With Joe Henderson

With Lee Konitz

With David Liebman

With Charles Lloyd

With Michel Petrucciani

With Julian Priester

With George Russell

With Jarmo Savolainen

With James Spaulding

With Wynton Kelly

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