Ron Smith and Bill Jolly

Bill Jolly is a three time Emmy Award winning composer/ arranger/ musical director and keyboardist. Bill’s had two feature articles written on him in Keyboard Magazine and has composed music for HBO, MTV, BET, Columbia Tri-Star Pictures, Coca-Cola and McDonalds to name a few. Currently, he’s the musical director, arranger and orchestra conductor for the Sony/PBS/Live Nation television special “Love Train: The Sound of Phila.” which is now airing on PBS stations throughout the country.

Bill has directed The Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards, The Emmy Awards, Dionne Warwick and Friends and Radio One’s 25th Anniversary all-star gala to name a few. Bill has performed before 3 US Presidents as well as both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Onstage, he’s accompanied Chaka Kahn, Shania Twain, Anthony Hamilton, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Brian McKnight, Michael Buble’, Michael Jackson, Usher, Michael Bolton, Musiq Soulchild, Quincy Jones, Jill Scott, Paul Schafer, Teddy Pendergrass, Dwele’, Wayne Brady, Bonnie Rait, Chuck D and the late Grover Washington Jr. to name a few.

Ron Smith, a veteran and an accomplished musician, has produced, co-produced, written and played for some of the greatest artist of our time. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, he started his professional career with First Choice (“Armed & Extremely Dangerous”). Ron then went on to join the electrifying Patti LaBelle when she embarked upon her solo career.

He later came to the San Francisco Bay Area and was immediately recruited by the legendary Frankie Beverly. Ron who was nicknamed “Inspiration” by Frankie on the “Joy and Pain” album had a lot of influence on tunes like “Changing Times”, “Southern Girl”, and “Family”. This album with Ron’s soulful, tasteful & scintillating solos along with the addition of two other members, Billy Johnson (drums) and Philip Woo (keyboards) took the Maze sound to a new level. With Maze, Ron also recorded “Live In New Orleans”, “We Are One”, and “Back To Basics”.

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