born on 22/12/1927 in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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Ronald "Ronnie" Ball (December 22, 1927 – 1984) was a jazz pianist, composer and arranger, born in Birmingham, England.
Ball moved to London in 1948, and in the early 1950s he worked both as a bandleader and under Ronnie Scott, Tony Kinsey, Victor Feldman, and Harry Klein. In 1952 he moved to New York City and studied with Lennie Tristano; in the 1950s and 1960s he worked extensively with well-known jazz personnel. Among the musicians Ball played with are Chuck Wayne (1952), Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz (1953–55), Kenny Clarke, Hank Mobley, Art Pepper, J.J. Johnson (1956), Kai Winding (1956, 1958), Warne Marsh,(1956–57), Buddy Rich (1958), Gene Krupa (1958), Roy Eldridge (1959) and Chris Connor (1961–63). Ball plays on tracks 1–12 of the Lennie Tristano/Warne Marsh compilation Intuition with Ted Brown (ts), Ben Tucker (b), and Jeff Morton (d), recorded in Los Angeles in October 1956, now on Capitol CDP 7243 8 52771 2 2.
With Kenny Clarke
- Klook's Clique (Savoy, 1956)
With Teddy Edwards
- Sunset Eyes (Pacific Jazz, 1960)
With Roy Eldridge
- Swingin' on the Town (Verve, 1960)
- With Lee Konitz
- Lee Konitz at Storyville (Storyville, 1954)
- Konitz (Storyvile, 1954)
- Lee Konitz in Harvard Square (Storyvile, 1954)
With Warne Marsh
- Jazz of Two Cities (Imperial, 1956)
- Art Pepper with Warne Marsh (Contemporary, 1956 ) with Art Pepper
- Music for Prancing (Mode, 1957)
- Warne Marsh (Atlantic, 1958)
- Ind, Peter (2005). Jazz Visions: Lennie Tristano and His Legacy. Equinox. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-84553-281-9.
- Further reading
- Ronnie Ball at Allmusic
- Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, p. 34.