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Ron Pelletier

Jazz has been a huge part of my life from the first time I picked up a pair of drumsticks at the age of 10. I had a great music instructor who from the very beginning turned me on to remarkable recordings, from Bartok and Stravinsky to Bird and Brubeck, to Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor. That taught me that the line between music genres is a very thin nearly totally non-existent boundary. As a drummer I've been blessed to have shared the stage with some of the greatest music legends of my generation. Have been broadcasting music on the radio since 1977, starting over the airwaves of stations in Los Angeles and then the San Francisco area. And for years have been building Jazz from Gallery 41. It's also been a number of years that I've been on the staff at KCSM which is one of only a handful of terrestrial Jazz stations that broadcast the music 24/7. I appreciate every opportunity to share the music with you wherever you are, Jazz is truly a universal language that continues to grow and evolve. There is a new generation of musicians who are taking the music to genuinely unique and exciting places. And with the advent of internet broadcasting I hear from artists from around the world, and that in itself is very exciting. Jazz is very much alive and well, and for me it's an honor to share the entire spectrum of this music from the Blues to the Avant-garde. From my studio in the Berkeley Hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay I produce an internet broadcast called Jazz from Gallery 41 presenting a unique blend of Jazz that is streaming 24/7, with live shows, in person guests, conversations and occasional live performances. And I produce a special edition of Jazz from Gallery 41 that airs on KCSM-FM91 Saturday evenings from 10 pm - 2 am (PT). Check out our blog Straight Ahead and Strive For Tone / A Jazz Blog for information about new releases, upcoming specials, and more. Come on by and share the music with me wherever and whenever you can!

Ron Pelletier

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