MUSIC - Ron Kearns is a performer, conductor, composer/arranger, record producer and educator.


Ron received his bachelor's degree in music education from Knoxville College in Tennessee and later a Masters at Catholic Univ. in DC.. He taught music at schools in Baltimore and also in the DC area at JFK High School in Silver Spring and Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda.

For his commitment and dedication to teaching music, he received the Down Beat magazine's "Achievement in Jazz Education Award" in 2005. Also in 2005, Ron was honored at a reunion concert of his students.

Some of his well known returning students are alto saxophonist Bruce Williams, trumpet and flugelhorn player Terell Stafford, Keyboardist Marcus Johnson and Saxophonist Matt Rippetoe. Ron is an educator.

He is also a dedicated and consistent performer of music in the DC area Jazz scene. He is noted as being a fan of the old style Blue Note Records recordings. He and his group perform Bebop and Hard Bop standards and originals. Ron has five CD's that are on the Foxhaven label and are available on,, napster, rhapsody and other digital outlets. Ron released "Introspective" in 2007, and Quiet Nights in 2012.


The Washington Post - The Ron Kearns Quintet

"Mike Joyce wrote about Ron Kearns and Friends' album "Introspective" in July 2007 for The Washington Post:

Saxophonist Ron Kearns had the pleasure of collaborating with singer, educator and tireless jazz booster Ronnie Wells in numerous settings over the years. So after her death in March, he stopped work on a new recording to assemble "Introspective," a compilation of tracks he and Wells produced.

All told, there are eight performances gathered from four recordings released by Kearns, and though Wells herself is absent from the lineup, in a way that's only fitting. After all, as the co-founder of the East Coast Jazz Festival, Wells was always more interested in showcasing jazz talent, legends and newcomers alike, than standing center stage." ~ Mike Joyce - The Washington Post


Ron Kearns Quintet performance of Herbie Hancock's Driftin'

Ron Kearns Sextet with Buck Hill - Tenor Madness

Ron Kearns Quintet - Spice and Sugar