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Ronny Lee, Founder of Ronny Lee Publications

Ronny Lee PhotoRonny Lee is the author of more than one hundred music instruction publications which are sold throughout the world. He wrote popular, classical and rock arrangements for numerous publishers, including Hansen Publications and Alfred Music. At the request of Mel Bay, Ronny wrote what is widely regarded as the best Jazz Guitar instruction book ever published, and his articles on all aspects of music and the business of making music have appeared in trade and consumer publications, including Musical Merchandise Review, Piano Trades, and Music Trades. He conducted workshops and seminars for music teachers, and has officiated as adjudicator at major music festivals including American Guild of Music and the Guitar Player's Guild.

A guitarist, teacher, writer and singer who is knowledgeable in all styles of music, Ronny Lee has performed on thousands of engagements. These include club dates, jazz, rock and pop recording sessions, and frequent appearances at resort hotels in the Catskill Mountains, and the Asbury Park and Lakewood areas of New Jersey. He has accompanied famous singers, including Eydie Gorme, Fran Warren, and Sarah Vaughn.

In the late 60's, Ronny performed with the New York Philharmonic. In March 1968, Ronny played tenor banjo and guitar for a benefit concert for the Orchestra's Pension Fund, in a concert version of Oklahoma, which featured Howard Da Silva, who played Jud Fry in the original Broadway production. The performance was conducted by Skitch Henderson, and Richard Rogers, who conducted the Encore for the evening's performance.

Ronny made his Carnegie Hall debut when he and his friend and colleague Eddie Berg played guitar for the Pilar Lopez Spanish Ballet Company in the early 60s. In 1969, Ronny found himself back with the New York Philharmonic, under the direction of Andre Kostelanetz, playing Tenor Banjo and Guitar on excerpts from the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, featuring Veronica Tyler and Robert Mosley.

Ronny has played and interacted with many well-known musicians. At Kingsboro College, Ronny taught Jazz alongside his colleague Lee Konitz, famed jazz saxophonist. Over the years, Ronny performed with Abe Marcus, Percussionist with the Metropolitan Opera Company; Dick Pepple, First Trumpet with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra; Jazz Bass player Milt Hinton; and Eddie Barefield, who played Tenor Sax with Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Broadway Music Director Peter Howard studied guitar at Ronny's guitar studio and became a good friend.

In 1962, Gretsch Guitars honored two players by naming guitars for them. One was Chet Atkins, and one was Ronny Lee. The Gretsch Ronny Lee guitar is now a rare and valuable guitar, coveted by collectors of fine guitars the world over.

Ronny Lee taught Guitar and Tenor Banjo in New York City. He was a member of ASCAP.

Ronny passed away April 22, 2015. His life is memorialized on his Wikipedia page.

View Ronny Lee's Tumblr Scrapbook of memorabillia here.

Ronny Lee Publications, LLC

Ronny Lee Publications was founded by Ronny Lee to provide the highest level of music instruction material to teachers of guitar and voice, and to their students. In 2013, Ronny handed the reigns of his publishing company to David Hertzberg. In order to carry on the name, Ronny Lee Publications LLC was formed. RLPLLC is dedicated to the promotion and sale of the guitar and vocal instruction books authored by Ronny Lee; materials that have been aiding students of guitar and voice to reach their goals since 1974.

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