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Brendle, Ron (Ronnal Darrant Brendle)

Brendle, Ron [Ronnal Darrant Brendle], bassist; b. Charlotte, NC, 4 July 1955. He moved to Statesville, NC a year after he was born where he lived until 1975. His parents are Shirley Rogers, b. 1936 and Paul Brendle, b. 1927. His brother is Pete Brendle, b.1961. Ron studied music at Mitchell College from 1973-75. In 1977 Ron graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor Degree in music.

 Ron has performed and recorded in the Charlotte area with many notable jazz artists of international stature, including Nneena Freelon, Clark Terry, Andrew Hill, Charlie Byrd, Charlie Rouse, and Mose Allison. He recently founded the Lost Dogs, which performs original compositions and arrangements with an instrumentation of two saxophones, drums, and bass: this group performed at the Hampton Jazz Festival, and enjoys an appreciative audience base in Charlotte, where it was featured in Creative Loafing Magazine. Ron performs numerous educational outreach concerts each year as part of the Charlotte Jazz Society and also as bassist with Viva Klezmer.

His spouse Jane Hart is a violinist in the Charlotte Symphony. His children are Cameron, 1983 - 2001 and Chelsea, b. 1990. Cameron played piano, bass, and electronic applications until his sudden passing on Nov.14, 2001. Chelsea plays piano, bass, flute, and tuba.

Recordings:
Lost Dogs: Live; Augumn; Here; Hypermobility

As sideperson:
Jim Brock: Lion's Song (1982) Pasajes (1984); Dardanelle: Down Home (1985); Daryle Ryce: Carolina Blue (1988), Unless It's You (1990); Marti Jones: Used Guitars (1989); Bob Margolin: Up & In (1997); Todd Wright: Christmas Time Is Here (1997); Mike Campbell: My Romance (1997), Let's Get Away From It All (1998); The National Flute Choir: High Altitude (1998); Beth Chorneau: Emeralds, Fountains, and Taxi Cabs (1999); Chad Lawson: Chad Lawson Trio (1999); Barbara Lewis: Conversation (2000)

Radio broadcasts:
Interviewed for the JazzSouth radio program series in 1994.

Television broadcasts: 
1998 Recorded soundtrack to PBS Special on Tuskegee Airmen with Ziad Rabia
1997 Composition Not Forgetting used in soundtrack for motion picture The
Architect

Bibliography:
1998 interview with Ron featured in Creative Loafing Magazine.
1991 interview in The Charlotte Observer. 

Awards and honors:
2001 Recipient of North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grant of North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grant
2000 Recipient of Charlotte Arts and Science Council Grant
1999 Charlotte's Best Magazine Lost Dogs- Best Jazz Band
1998 Charlotte Magazine Best Bass Player
1991 Recipient of North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship Grant
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

Contact information:
www.ronbrendle.com
phone - 704 569 5793
ronbrendle@carolina.rr.com

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