|Occupation Jazz pianist/musician|
Education Juilliard School
Role TV actor
|Name Ronnell Bright|
Years active 1952-present
|Born July 3, 1930 (age 85) (1930-07-03) Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
Albums When We Were in Paris, Vol. 9: Art Simmons, Ronnel Bright
Similar People Kenny Burrell, Buddy Tate, Tommy Flanagan, Clark Terry
June 5 1958 recording the champ ronnell bright trio
Ronnell Lovelace Bright (born July 3, 1930) is an American jazz pianist. He has also dabbled in acting, with cameo appearances in the TV shows The Jeffersons, The Carol Burnett Show, and Sanford and Son. Ronnell Bright has four children. Lois Rene' Bright Wilkins (Michigan), Faye Bright Juliot (California), Ronnell R. Bright (Texas), and Ronnece (Nevada). Source: Ronnell Bright's family.
- June 5 1958 recording the champ ronnell bright trio
- Ronnell bright trio gone with the wind
- As leader
- As sideman
Ronnell bright trio gone with the wind
Bright played piano from a young age and won a piano competition when he was nine years old. In 1944, he played with the Chicago Youth Piano Symphony Orchestra. He studied at Juilliard, graduating early in the 1950s. Moving back to Chicago, he played with Johnny Tate and accompanied Carmen McRae before moving to New York City in 1955. There he played with Rolf Kuhn and assembled his own trio in 1957. In 1957–58 he was with Dizzy Gillespie and acted as an accompanist for Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, and Gloria Lynne over the next few years. His compositions were recorded by Vaughan, Cal Tjader, Horace Silver, and Blue Mitchell. In 1964, he became Nancy Wilson's arranger and pianist after moving to Los Angeles. Later in the decade he found work as a studio musician, playing in Supersax from 1972 to 1974.