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, Dewey Erney

Ronald Patrick Escheté (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 Last 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]

  • 1976: Spirit's Samba (Jas)
  • 1978: To Let You Know I Care (Muse)
  • 1980: Line-Up (Muse)
  • 1982: Christmas Impressions (Bainbridge)
  • 1986: Stump Jumper (Bainbridge)
  • 1993: Mo' Strings Attached (The Jazz Alliance)
  • 1994: A Closer Look (Concord Jazz)
  • 1995: Rain or Shine (Concord Jazz)
  • 1996: Soft Winds (Concord Jazz)
  • 1998: The Sunset Hour (Holt)
  • 2001: Live at Rocco (RevJazz)
  • 2003: Homeward Bound (RevJazz)
  • 2006: In the Middle [live] (RevJazz)
  • 2017: How My Heart Sings [live] (Blueport Jazz)

As sideman[edit]

With Dewey Erney

  • 1982: A Beautiful Friendship (Discovery)
  • 1984: The Second Set (Sounds Great)
  • 1997: You and the Night and the Music (Resurgent)
  • 1998: You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Resurgent)
  • 2000: Christmas Time Is Here (Resurgent)
  • 2001: So in Love (Resurgent)
  • 2002: Still a Beautiful Friendship (Resurgent)
  • 2003: What Is This Thing Called Love (Resurgent)

With Gene Harris Quartet

  • 1982: Hot Lips (JAM)
  • 1984: Nature's Way (JAM)
  • 1989: Listen Here! (Concord Jazz)
  • 1991: Black and Blue (Concord Jazz)
  • 1992: Like a Lover (Concord Jazz)
  • 1993: A Little Piece of Heaven: GHQ at Ste. Chapelle Winery [live] (Concord Jazz)
  • 1994: Funky Gene's (Concord Jazz)
  • 1994: I Waited for You (by Mary Stallings) (Concord Jazz)
  • 1995: Brotherhood (Concord Jazz)
  • 1996: Spectrum (by Mary Stallings) (Concord Jazz)
  • 1996: It's the Real Soul [live] (Concord Jazz)
  • 1997: In His Hands (Concord Jazz)
  • 1997: (Down Home) Blues (Concord Jazz) - with Jack McDuff

With Warne Marsh

With Dave Pike

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

With Mort Weiss

  • 2002: No Place to Hide: A Duet (SMS Jazz)
  • 2003: Mort Weiss Meets Joey DeFrancesco (AKA The Mort Weiss Quartet) (SMS Jazz)
  • 2004: The Three of Us: The Mort Weiss Trio (SMS Jazz)
  • 2005: The Four of Us: The Mort Weiss Quartet...Live at Steamers (SMS Jazz)
  • 2006: Mort Weiss Meets Sam Most: Recorded Live at Steamers (SMS Jazz)
  • 2008: All Too Soon: A Jazz Duet for Clarinet and Seven String Guitar (SMS Jazz)


  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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