Ron Anthony

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Ron Anthony
Born (1933-12-16) 16 December 1933 (age 83)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1951–present
Associated acts George Shearing, Frank Sinatra

Ron Anthony (born December 16, 1933, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz guitarist and singer.


At sixteen, Anthony started playing guitar. Two years later, he was performing professionally at venues in his native Pittsburgh. In 1955, he went into the Army, where he played with an Army jazz band in Germany. When he returned home, he enrolled in Duquesne University and studied music, and after one year moved to New York City. Beginning in 1962, he spent two years touring as a member of the George Shearing Quintet. He moved to Los Angeles, but when Shearing needed a guitarist, Anthony went back on the road with him for four years.[1][2]

Settling in Los Angeles, he gave guitar lessons and wrote an instructional book, Comping: A Practical Method for the Accompanying Guitarist. In 1986, he was invited to join Frank Sinatra's band to replace guitarist Tony Mottola, and he toured with Sinatra for nearly ten years. Years later, he played at Sinatra's memorial service and played on a tribute album, The Memory of All That.[2]

He cites as influences Chuck Wayne, Oscar Moore, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Andrés Segovia, and Miles Davis. He is the uncle of jazz guitarist Ron Affif.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott (2013). The great jazz guitarists : the ultimate guide. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6. 
  2. ^ a b King, Peter B. (29 July 1999). "Jazzman Ron Anthony has kept beat with elite". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ron Anthony | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 

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