The Ron Kobayashi Trio consists of three uniquely talented musicians from the Southern California area. Pianist and leader Ron Kobayashi has performed with Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Eric Marienthal, Phil Upchurch, Teddy Edwards, Tim Weisberg, Kenny Burrell, Paula Kelly Jr., Herb Jeffries, Peter White and The Modernaires," He was a featured performer on the internationally distributed Johnny Yune" television show, and has been featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. In 1992, Ron performed for President Bill Clinton and has recorded as a solo artist for the Casierra Record label.
Bassist and composer Baba Elefante was voted one of the nation's top bass players in a Bass Player Magazine poll. He also performed on the 1995 Universal movie The Hunted," as well as with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Brandon Fields, Justo Almario, Yes" keyboardist Patrick Moraz and Kansas" lead vocalist John Elefante.
Drummer Steve Dixon has done numerous recording sessions both as a drummer and percussionist. He has worked with jazz saxophonist Richie Cole, War" harmonica legend Lee Oskar, Bill Watrous and Warner Brothers recording artists The Untouchables."
Ron and his band have shared the stage with such notable artists as David Benoit, Eddie Palmieri, Cirque Du Soleil, Strunz and Farah and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The Trio has played numerous jazz festivals including The San Bernardino Music Festival, The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival, The Yorba Linda Arts Festival, The Dana Point Jazz Festival, The Mission Viejo Music Festival and the Playboy Jazz Summerfest in Pasadena. They have also worked in Laughlin, Nevada; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Orlando, Florida.
The OC Pavilion is home to an intimate 529 person capacity theatre and the 5-star, world class restaurant Ambrosia. The Vault VIP Lounge is open before and after each theatre performance, offering appetizers, drinks and desserts featuring a live jazz trio. The Vault VIP Lounge, formerly a bank vault, retains its authenticity by keeping the original vault doors while incorporating the feel of an upscale lounge with custom leather seating and hightop pedestal tables.
About the OC Pavilion
From chandeliers to exquisite hand painted murals, the OC Pavilion is the most intimate and exclusive performing arts theater and restaurant complex in Orange County, California. Located in historic downtown Santa Ana the Golden City", our beautifully appointed theater with a capacity of only 528 seats assures you of an exceptional close up view of any event. With our state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and a myriad of high-resolution video screens, we are quickly becoming known as Orange County's own jewel box". The theatre features various musical and theatrical events and is available for private leasing. For more information, contact 714-550-0880.