Ron Cartel was born and raised in the musical melting pot that is Harlem, New York City. Surrounded from an early age by such a rich mix of musical influences from Rhythm and Blues, Soul, to Jazz, Blues and Gospel, it’s hardly a surprise that music and performance is in Ron’s bones.
Indeed, his first public performance, whilst still at school, was at the Metropole Cafe in Manhattan with the legendary Gene Krupa.
After starting to sing professionally whilst still in his teens, Ron spent the following almost four decades working with some of America’s top artists in some of the country’s most iconic musical locations - NYC, California and New Orleans.
Looking down the list of bands and musicians that Ron has worked and recorded with during his years in the States is like a who’s who of the blues, soul and jazz scenes; artists like John Tropea, Sonny Sharrock, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Steve Gadd, Matt Guitar Murphy (Blues Brothers), Dr John, The Tower of Power Horns, The Blues Brothers, Tom “Bones” Malone, Charlie Brent, Richard Tee, Aynsley Lister, Wilbur Bascomb, Rick Marotta, The Brecker Brothers, Elliott Randall, Steve Canali, Sam Burtis, Crusher Green, Jeff Healey, Dany Drehar, Paul Griffin … the list goes on.
In June 2013, Ron signet a deal with Blues Boulevard Records for the worldwide release of his debut, solo album. On “Don’t Make The Monkey Drunk;” consisting mostly of original songs, with a few choice convers thrown in the mix, Ron delivers the Blues with a generous blend of Mojo roots, dark passion & deep Soul.
Ron Cartel with Aynsley Lister at the Mühle Hunziken, Rubigen, Switzerland