Ron Escheté

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Ron Escheté
Birth nameRonald Patrick Escheté
Born(1948-08-19)August 19, 1948
Houma, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1970–present
LabelsMuse, Concord Jazz
Associated actsBuddy Greco, Dave Pike, Gene Harris

Ronald Patrick Escheté (born August 19, 1948) is an American seven-string jazz guitarist. He is the first person to record a cover version of "Christmas Time Is Here", which Vince Guaraldi wrote for the Charlie Brown television program.[1]


When Escheté was fourteen, he began playing guitar. During the late 1960s, he studied classical guitar and flute at Loyola University in New Orleans. From 1969–1970, he worked in Las Vegas supporting singer Buddy Greco. He moved to Los Angeles, where he played with Dave Pike and Gene Harris.[2]

Escheté has been an educator since the early 1970s when he taught at community colleges in southern California. In the mid 1970s, he began teaching at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and in the 1990s at California State University at Long Beach. He has written several instruction books, such as The Jazz Guitar Soloist and Melodic Chord Phrases.[2]

His early influences were jazz guitarists Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Howard Roberts. He has played with Ray Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, and Diana Krall.[3]


As leader[edit]

  • Spirit's Samba (JAS, 1977)
  • To Let You Know I Care (Muse, 1979)
  • Line-Up (Muse, 1981)
  • Christmas Impressions (Music Is Medicine, 1982)
  • A Beautiful Friendship (Discovery, 1983)
  • Stump Jumper (Bainbridge, 1986)
  • Mo' Strings Attached (Jazz Alliance 1993)
  • A Closer Look (Concord Jazz, 1994)
  • Rain or Shine (Concord, 1995)
  • Soft Winds (Concord Jazz, 1996)
  • Live at Rocco (RevJazz, 2000)
  • No Place to Hide (SMS, 2002)
  • In the Middle: Live at Spazio (RevJazz, 2006)

As sideman[edit]

With Gene Harris

  • Hot Lips (Jam, 1982)
  • Nature's Way (Jam & Tapes 1984)
  • Listen Here! (Concord Jazz, 1989)
  • Black and Blue (Concord Jazz, 1991)
  • Like a Lover (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • A Little Piece of Heaven (Concord Jazz, 1993)
  • Funky Gene's (Concord Jazz, 1994)
  • Brotherhood (Concord Jazz, 1995)
  • It's the Real Soul (Concord Jazz, 1996)
  • In His Hands (Concord Jazz, 1997)

With Dave Pike

  • Times Out of Mind (Muse, 1976)
  • On a Gentle Note (Muse, 1978)
  • Let the Minstrels Play On (Muse, 1980)
  • Moon Bird (Muse, 1983)

With others


  1. ^ Bang, Derrick (2012). Vince Guaraldi's Christmas Wish (booklet). Beverly Hills: Concord Music Group. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b Owens, Thomas (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 718. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  3. ^ "Ron Escheté - Biography". Retrieved 15 December 2016.

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