Ronnell Bright

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Ronnell Bright
Born (1930-07-03) July 3, 1930 (age 86)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Jazz pianist/musician
Years active 1952-present

Ronnell Bright (born July 3, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American jazz pianist. Also a dabbler in the area of acting, Ronnell made a guest appearance as a piano player in the Season 1 episode of The Jeffersons titled "Lionel, The Playboy". as well as similar cameo appearances on two other hit 1970's TV series, CBS-TV's The Carol Burnett Show, and NBC-TV's Sanford and Son.

Career biography[edit]

Bright played piano from a very young age, and won a piano competition when he was nine years old. In 1944, he played with the Chicago Youth Piano Symphony Orchestra. He studied at Juilliard, graduating early in the 1950s. Moving back to Chicago, he played with Johnny Tate and accompanied Carmen McRae before relocating to New York City in 1955. There he played with Rolf Kuhn and put together his own trio in 1957. In 1957-58 he was with Dizzy Gillespie, and acted as an accompanist for Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, and Gloria Lynne over the next few years. His compositions were recorded by Vaughan as well as by Cal Tjader, Horace Silver, and Blue Mitchell. In 1964, he became Nancy Wilson's arranger and pianist after moving to Los Angeles. Later in the decade he found work as a studio musician, playing in Supersax from 1972 to 1974.


As Leader
As Sideman

Personal life/Family[edit]

Bright has been married three times. To: Sallye Joyce Wilson - From 1951 to 1968 To: Joyce Diane (Coco) Henderson - From 1969 - 1974 To: Dianne Davis - current wife and soul mate


Bright has four (4) children from his first two marriages.

1. Lois Rene'Bright Wilkins, born October, 1953 to Sallye Joyce Wilson, 2. Faye Bright Juliot, born February, 1958 to Sallye Joyce Wilson, 3. Ronnell Ralph Bright, born October, 1963 to Sallye Joyce Wilson, 4. Ronnece Laura Bright, born July, 1971 to Joyce Diane (Coco) Henderson.


Bright has eleven (11) grandchildren from his first marriage and eight(8) greatgrandchildren. Several of them are carrying on his music legacy.