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Guitarist Ron English is a well-respected member of Detroit’s music community and has helped shape contemporary Jazz styles since the 1960’s with a diverse repertoire covering Jazz , Blues, Avant-garde, Motown, Soul/Funk and Gospel.
Growing up in Lansing, he came from a musical family and got started on guitar at an early age. He soon got involved in the Jazz scene in Detroit at the Artists’ Workshop and started playing with the Detroit Contemporary 5 which included some of the city’s most progressive artists such as trumpeter Charles Moore, pianist Kenn Cox, Drummer Danny Spencer, bassist John Dana, and saxophonist Larry Nozero. They soon created the artist-run, now legendary, Strata Records.
For the next two decades Ron was very active, touring and recording with Detroit’s popular jazz musicians during that era.