A Champaign High School graduate, Ron became a regular for the legendary song stylist in her one woman Broadway Show "The Lady and Her Music". He has performed with McCoy Tyner, Max Roach, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra, Horace Silver, and Jack McDuff. He has performed in Carnegie Hall and on numerous recordings including "Cotton Comes to Harlem" movie soundtrack. Ron, currently teaches jazz at the University of Illinois.