Ralph Sharon

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Ralph Sharon
Born(1923-09-17)September 17, 1923
London, England
DiedMarch 31, 2015(2015-03-31) (aged 91)
Boulder, Colorado, United States
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Pianist, composer, arranger, conductor
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1940s - 2015
Associated actsTony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Chris Connor, Robert Goulet

Ralph Simon Sharon (September 17, 1923 – March 31, 2015) was an Anglo-American jazz pianist and arranger.

Biography[edit]

Sharon was born in London to an English mother and Latvian-born father. He emigrated to the United States in early 1954,[1] becoming a naturalized citizen five years later.

By 1958, Ralph Sharon was recording with Tony Bennett, the start of a more than 50 year working relationship as Bennett's "man behind the music" on many Grammy-winning studio recordings, and touring with Bennett for many years. He found "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" for Bennett, a year after placing it in a bureau and forgetting about it. Sharon discovered the manuscript while packing for a tour that included San Francisco. While Bennett and Sharon liked the song, they were convinced it would only be a local hit. The tune became Bennett's signature song.

Sharon was a great jazz pianist in his own right, recording a series of his own albums. But Sharon was best known as one of the finest accompanists who backed up popular singers, including Bennett, Robert Goulet, Chris Connor and many others.

Retiring to Boulder, Colorado, from on-the-road work with Bennett when he reached 80, Ralph Sharon continued to perform in the Denver metropolitan area until shortly before his death. He and the Ralph Sharon Trio performed at various jazz venues, including Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge in Denver. He died from natural causes on March 31, 2015.[2][3]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1953 Autumn Leaves and Spring Fever
  • 1954 Easy Jazz (As The Ralph Sharon All-Star Sextet)
  • 1956 The Ralph Sharon Trio (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 1956 Mr. and Mrs. Jazz (With Sue Sharon)
  • 1957 Around the World In Jazz (As The Ralph Sharon Sextet)
  • 1958 2:38 A.M.
  • 1963 Modern Innovations In Country and Western Music
  • 1964 Do I Hear a Waltz? (Ralphn Sharon album)|Do I Hear a Waltz?]] (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 1965 The Tony Bennett Songbook (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 1995 Swings the Sammy Kahn Songbook (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 1996 Portrait of Harold: The Harold Arlen Songbook (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 1997 Plays the Harry Warren Songbook (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 1999 Plays the Frank Loesser Songbook (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 2000 The Magic of Cole Porter (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 2001 The Magic of Jerome Kern (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 2001 The Magic of Irving Berlin (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 2001 The Magic of George Gershwin (As The Ralph Sharon Trio)
  • 2001 Plays the Ralph Blane Songbook (As The Ralph Sharon Quartet)
  • 2007 Always: The Music of Irving Berlin

As sideman[edit]

With Tony Bennett
With Johnny Hartman

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