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Ron Hockett Quintet: Finally, Ron

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Ron Hockett began playing clarinet as a fourth-grader in his native Evanston, Ill. For three decades he played and recorded (always as a sideman) around D.C. while holding on to his day gig with the U.S. Marine Band as a saxophonist; and diligently refined his technique playing with Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band for nine years. So, to quote from the title, finally Ron makes his debut as a full-fledged leader.

For his coming-out party, he is supported by a strong rhythm section: pianist John Sheridan, a colleague from the

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