Ron McClure (Blood Sweat & Tears, Charles Lloyd)


Ron McClure’s extraordinary career as a bassist, composer, bandleader, collaborator, and educator spans Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Charles Lloyd’s “classic quartet with Jack DeJohnette and Keith Jarrett, Joe Henderson and Quest with David Liebman, to cite a very select few.


My former teacher, rock fans will recall Ron as the anchor for Blood Sweat & Tears from 1974-76, taking over the bass chair from Jim Fielder. Ron was nominated for a Grammy (“graminated for a Nommy” in his own words – see video below) for his composition “No Show” which appeared on the last listenable BST slab New City (1976).


Ron teaches at New York University nowadays.


Watch Ron on Know Your Bass Player on Film Season One, 2016 New York City, Euphoria Studios