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Cuber, Ronnie

Cuber, Ronnie, baritone sax; also soprano sax, flute, bass clarinet; b. Brooklyn, NY, 25 December 1941. His many performance and recording credits includes stints with George Benson, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, King Curtis, Eddie Palmieri, Dr. John, Steely Dan, etc as well as 13 CDs as a leader. He is a much in-demand studio musician and can be heard on numerous TV jingles and commercials. Throughout his eclectic history, Cuber has been honing a style that has given him a unique, identifiable sound, including an unusual facility in the upper "altissmo" range. Ronnie is a clinician for the Selmer Co. Inc. and Rico Reeds and is an active member of SESAC.

While he plays traditional jazz in the style of Pepper Adams and Nick Brignola, Cuber also has led Latin sessions and appeared on dozens of pop recordings as an in-demand sideman. When he was 18, he appeared in Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band at the Newport Jazz Festival. Three years later he was in Slide Hampton's groups and spent the 1960s working with Maynard Ferguson, George Benson, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Lonnie Smith.During the next decade, Cuber performed on a slew of recordings and embraced distant ends of the woodwind family by playing flute and baritone sax on Eddie Palmieri's 1973 record, Sun Of Latin Music. While working with Lee Konitz in the late '70s, Cuber featured the clarinet and soprano sax alongside the baritone in his arsenal. In the 1980's he was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band for 5 years. The slew of pop musicians who have recruited easy-going Cuber for sessions include Chaka Kahn, Paul Simon. In 1998, Cuber played on and arranged The Three Baritone Saxophone tribute disc, Plays Mulligan, and has arranged and recorded on 6 Mingus Big Band cd's.

Cuber's new band Cubismis a mixture of original music and jazz standards with different African rhythms including more cool jazz beats of today and rhythms from Cuba, the United States and Puerto Rico, soul and blues. His new group consists of players like Johnathan Blake on drums, Kelvin Sholar on piano and Damon Wormack on bass.

Cuber Libre (1976); Eleventh Day of Aquarius (1978); N.Y.  Jazz (1981); Passion Fruit (1985); Pin Point (1985); Two Brothers (1985); Live at the Blue Note (1986); Scene Is Clean (1993)
As sideperson:
George Benson: It's Uptown (1965), Cookbook (1966)

Contact information:
Roberta Arnold Management
10 Hyler Drive
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Ph 631 728 7707

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