Born into a musical family in 1958 in California, Ron Stout is a third-generation musician. A Musician’s Union member since age 15, Ron studied music at Orange Coast College and Golden West College where he was frequently the recipient of "Best Soloist" awards from Jazz Festivals statewide. Ron has been involved with teaching Jazz Theory/Improvisation and trumpet since 1978, both as a private instructor and in the role of clinician, drawing on his years of experience conducting seminars while traveling and playing with the Woody Herman Orchestra (1984-90), first under the baton of the Maestro, Woody, then under the leadership of the brilliant Frank Tiberi. Since 1991 Ron has taught part-time, recorded and performed in and around Los Angeles, traveling occasionally to Europe upon invitation.
He has worked with the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley, Jose Feliciano, Frankie Laine, Lou Rawls, Debbie Reynolds, Gloria Loring, Patti Page, Kay Starr, Maureen McGovern, Sue Raney, Bobby Short, Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme, Little Anthony, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, and Colin Raye. During his years with The Woody Herman Orchestra, Ron was honored to back up Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, Roberta Flack, Anita O'Day, Jack Jones, Cab Calloway, The Mills Brothers, The Four Freshmen, The Dukes of Dixieland, Pete Barbutti, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Mel Torme, Bill Eckstine, Joe Williams, Richard Stoltzman, Buddy Defranco Stan Getz, Al Chon, Scott Hamilton, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. He has worked with other big bands, including Les Brown’s Band of Renown, Frank Capp's "Juggernaut," The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Roger Newman's Rather Large Band, Bill Watrous, Refuge West, Glen Garrett's Brazilian Big Band, The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and John Fedchock's New York Big Band.
Ron spent three seasons traveling and recording with Horace Silver in groups ranging from the classic quintet setting to the ten-piece brass ensemble. His other small group jazz work has been with: Saxophonist Karl Denson, Pepper Adams, and Supersax; Pianist Les Czimber also with Poncho Sanchez, Matt Zebley, and David Berger.
He can be heard locally and traveling with big bands such as Bill Holman, Buddy Childers, Jack Sheldon, and The Bob Florence Limited Edition. Ron also has his own modern quintet, featuring Jerry Pinter on tenor saxophone.
His recordings include: Bill Holman Band - Brilliant Corners (JVC); Bob Florence Limited Edition - Serendipity 18 (Mama) ; Phil Norman Tentet - Yesterday's Gardenias (Seabreeze); Matt Zebley - Live at Moondog (Vibrant); Tom Garling - Maynard Ferguson Presents… (Concord); Vic Lewis' West Coast All Stars - Me & You (Candid); and Barbara Morrison - I'm Getting' Long All Right (Chartmaker Recorders). A complete discography is available on request.