Ronnie Buttacavoli

"The first time I played one of the Cannonball trumpets was for about 15 minutes during a Manhattan Theater Club benefit last year. One year later I borrowed a friend's Cannonball trumpet for 2 days and that was it. Decision made !!! How and where can I get one of these trumpets? After playing several of Cannonball's trumpets, I chose the Stone Series, 725 Bb, Black Nickel Plated. Playing lead in a big band, sitting in the trumpet section of a Broadway show, doing a jingle, pumping out some funk, r and b horn section stuff, or just playing a ballad on a record date, the horn takes it all in stride. This trumpet has a great core sound, just the right amout of sizzle in the upper register as well as ease of playing there, responsive valves and an even, consistent blow from bottom to top. Also, the fit and finish are impeccable. If you're looking for a trumpet that gets "all" of it done, Cannonball is the one to have." ~ Ronnie Buttacavoli


Raised in New York and rooted in classical music and jazz, Ronnie Buttacavoli studied trumpet with Carmine Caruso and Murray Karpilovsky, principal trumpet with the NY Met, before venturing to France where, from 1970-1980, he anchored the exceptional funk/fusion band, Bobby Boyd and the Soul Congress, later called Ice on Fantasy-Prestige.

For the past 18 years, Ronnie has led the horn section of Etta James' criticallyacclaimed "Roots Band" as well as being a featured solist on her Grammy winning CD Mystery Lady. Steely Dan, Bozz Scaggs, Liza Minnelli, Fountains of Wayne, America, Dave Brubek ("Young Lions and Old Tigers") and Masayoshi Yamazaki ("Transition") are only a few of the artists Ronnie has worked with.

"In Mystery Lady and Time After Time," writes David Ritz, Etta James' biographer, Ronnie Buttacavoli provides the perfect counterpoint to Etta. He augments her voice with his own sensitivity and delicate approach to melody."

"Ronnie," says Etta James herself, "always amazes me. One minute he's hitting those horn punches like Mike Tyson, and the next minute he's playing soft and romantic like early Miles. Fact is, Ronnie plays as beautifully as anyone since the passing of Miles." "Miles, says Buttacavoli, along with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell,Clifford Brown and all the great trumpeters, were each compelling story tellers with distinct voices. Whether it's blues or rhythm and blues or straight-ahead jazz, the voice is what counts. The voice is everything."


Performances with Artists:

Etta James and the Roots Band (18 yrs),Fountains of Wayne,Liza Minnelli, Steely Dan, NY Rock and Soul Revue w/Michael McDonald, Bozz Scaggs, Phoebe Snow and Chuck Jackson,BozzScaggs(world tour) Aretha Franklin,TheFourTops, The Temptations,Wilson Pickett, Gloria Gaynor, Jay Black and the Americans,Glenn Miller Orchestra (featured soloist) Toshiko Akioshi/Lew Tabakin Big Band.


Bacardi "Tattoo" Coke "Nascar-Sexy" Chase Bank "Aragon" General Motors "Drive By" AT&T "True Heroes"

Broadway Shows:

In The Heights,Young Frankenstein,ChorusLine,Curtains,Tarzan,Blly Joel's Movin' Out,Hair Spray, Little Shop of Horrors, Boy from Oz, La Cage aux Folles, Spamalot, Gypsy, City of Angeles,Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees (with Jerry Lewis), Starlite Express, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, How to Succeed in Business.

Off Broadway:

Little Me (with Martin Short and Faith Prince),Romance in Hard Times by Bill Finn w/Lillias White,Legends in Concert (Las Vegas Production by John Stuart). Selected Discography:

Etta James "Mystery Lady" (Grammy Award) "All The Way" RCAVictor Fountains of Wayne "Welcome Interstate Managers" "Traffic and Weather" America "Here and Now" Masayoshi Yamazaki "Transition" Polydor Liza Minnelli "Liza’s Back" J-Records Ed Palermo Big Band "Take Your Clothes off When You Dance" (music of Frank Zappa ) Dave Brubek "Young Lions and Old Tigers" Jeannie Bryson "Some Cats Know" Sound Tracks:

"Be Kind, Re-Wind" New Line Cinema w/Jack Black ,Danny Glover "The Deep End" Fox Searchlight Pictures, music by Peter Naschel "Bee Season" (with Richard Gere) FoxFilms, music by Peter Naschel "Killing Zoe" Roger Avery, music by tomandandy, Milan Entertainment

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