A native of Lorain OH, Ron Surace has led an active music life as a pianist, teacher and composer. The majority of his teaching career was at Jacksonville State Un., Alabama, where he taught for 22 years and developed the jazz performance program. He returned to Chicago after retiring and is presently teaching at the Music Institute of Chicago-Lake Forest Campus.
Ron has won the "Silver Award" and the "Music Performance Award" from Downbeat Magazine for original compositions and performance. He has recorded with Columbia, Turning Point and Southport Records and performed extensively throughout the United States, both as a Jazz and classical Pianist.
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GET READY is a set of seven short, intermediate piano pieces. Each piece displays a different jazz challenge for the performer and engage the listeners interest. From the beginning fast paced GET READY to the exciting KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE CHICKEN these pieces will challenge and motivate students, teachers, audience and professional performers. Fun music with a purpose.
This happy collection is not for the novice. These eight pieces will be instant hits with an audience yet a stretch for the pianist. Featuring standard jazz idioms this music makes pianists sound like a pro. Something for everyone - Latin, Rags, Ballads and Two-steps. All worth the effort.