Ron Stabinsky is probably best known as a member of the notorious band Mostly Other People Do The Killing (now a trio with Moppa Elliott and Kevin Shea). In 2018 joined the reunited rock band Meat Puppets and toured with them. He has the distinction of performing as a classical pianist, a straight-ahead jazz musician, occasionally a rock musician, and regularly as an accomplished free improviser. He was born a musician, having received his first musical lessons at the age of five from his grandfather, played concerts as a prodigy, and became a professional musician at an early age. His mentors in the art of free improvisation have included Bill Dixon, Joel Futterman, and Jack Wright. In the past few years "keyboard" includes the Nord Lead 4 Synthesizer, and free improvisation extends his range to trumpet, various objects inside the piano, including dental floss and a load of objects that seem to serve no purpose..
In 2016 Ron Stabinsky finally released his first solo album, Free for One, the culmination of more than a decade of evolving his improvised solo language. It received four stars in DownBeat and tied for number one debut of the year in the 2016 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. In addition to solo piano improvisation, he enjoys working on music in stylistically diverse situations throughout the United States and Europe with a variety of other musicians and ensembles. These include free-improvising saxophonist Jack Wright, lead trumpet legend Dave Stahl, bass trombone virtuoso David Taylor, Arizona desert rockers the Meat Puppets, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Recent festival appearances include Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Moers Festival (Germany), Jazzfestival Saalfelden (Austria), Outreach Festival (Austria), and Jazz and More Festival Sibiu (Romania). He is currently a regular member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the new music ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet, and the Peter Evans Ensemble, a new expanded conception of the critically acclaimed Peter Evans Quintet.
video of Ron solo with Mostly Other People and with Meat Puppets
His recording of improvised music with Jack Wright: Slush Fun and Ron Stabinsky-Ben Wright-Jack Wright
The Meat Puppets today (Ron Stabinsky on far right)
Ron can be reached at rstabinsky at hotmail dot com