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August 4, 1928 - January 13, 2016 The jazz world has lost one of its finest harmonica players with the passing of Ron Kalina. A resident of Palm Desert, Ron delighted audiences for years locally and performed and recorded in Los Angeles right up until hospitalization January 3rd. Throughout his lengthy career Ron worked with Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, Johnny Hartman and was musical director for Gloria Lynne for 14 years. His film credits include "Magnolia" with his New World Harmonica Trio, the Los Angeles production of "Shenandoah", TV credit for "Moonlighting", background music heard in "The Simpsons". Most recently he is featured in the remarkable Luis Munoz CD, "Voz" as well as in many past collaborations with Mr. Munoz. He composed, arranged, sang and did it all with immense talent, energy and ... a bit of attitude! His song "No More Mister Nice Guy" with lyrics by Arthur Hamilton is heard frequently in the desert and always amuses and entertains. Ron was not only a great talent, but he was a true delight with his sense of humor, love of word play and puns (some better than others!) His most notable recordings "Getting My Axes Together" in which he plays both piano and harmonica and "The Odd Couple" with virtuoso Tuba master player, Jim Self, both show great originality and creativity. We remember Ron for his remarkable energy, dedication to jazz and his countless contributions to films, recordings and support of other musicians. He leaves Judy Wolman, his B.F.F. (Best Fan Forever) of fifteen years, sons Ron Kalina, Jr. (Debbie) of Exton, PA, Jeffrey Kalina of Palmyra, PA, stepsons Richard Partlow (Kathy) of Sherman Oaks, CA, James Partlow (Suzanne) of Houston, TX and beloved grand�daughters Elizabeth Kalina and Megan Partlow Roesing. "Never sacrifice heart for technique and flash." ...Ron Kalina …and he never did. RIP, Ronald You are our hero and we love you forever.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 19, 2016
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