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RON MEZA, Trumpet - graduated from San Jose State with a BA in music (jazz trumpet) and moved to Los Angeles in 1982. In 1986 Ron was befriended by jazz great Donald Byrd and spent that summer hanging out with him. Ron was part of the LA Jazz scene until moving to Paris, France in 1987. While in Paris (1987-1996) Ron stumbled into the red hot world music scene. His first african gig was with Tony Allen, former drummer for Fela Kuti. Shortly after he started playing with malian singer Salif Keita. He spent 8 years on and off with Salif and recorded 2 albums with him. Ron has played and/or recorded with Salif Keita, Lester Bowie, Joe Zawinul, Carlos Santana, Youssou N'Dour, Carlinhos Brown, Wally Badarou, Les Têtes Bruleés, Ismäel Lô, Baaba Maal and many other World Music artists culminating with a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, produced by Quincy Jones with Mory Kanté sharing the stage with rock group TOTO.
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