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Ronald E. Bickel

Adjunct Professor of Jazz & Piano
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


M.M., Piano/Jazz, Duquesne University, 1966
B.S., Piano/Jazz, Duquesne University, 1963

Ronald Bickel has performed with many notable jazz musicians, including Larry Coryell, Chet Baker, Jimmy Ponder, Mel Torme, Don Aliquo, Joe Negri, Roger Humphries, Al Dowe and Etta Cox; has performed with his own group in concert at the Nemacolin Jazz Festival, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Shadyside Arts Festival, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, as well as in prominent night clubs.

He has performed at Heinz Hall, Syria Mosque, Carnegie Music Hall, Stanley Theater, Benedum Center, Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Pittsburgh, on radio, television, recordings and movies (most recently seen in "Cemetery Club" with Ellen Burstin and Danny Aiello); has performed with such diverse artists as Mel Torme, Rodney Dangerfield, Michel LeGrande, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Liberace, The Skyliners (featured on their hit record, "Since I Fell For You"), Billy Eckstine, Glenn Miller Orchestra (Ray McKinley), Little Anthony and the Imperials, Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Dorsey Band, The Flamingos, The Modernairs and Bobby Vinton.

Ron is also a composer and arranger and has been a church choir director.

From 1972 to 1992 (10 terms), Ron served as Executive Board Member of the Pittsburgh Musicians' Union (Local 60-471).