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Ron Rully


RON RULLY (drummer, percussionist) was among the leading drummers in Canada for decades. He played in virtually all of the best of the big bands during their hey-day including those led by Ron Collier, Maynard Ferguson, Phil Nimmons, and Jack Kane when his band played on nearly every television show that aired on CBC. Rully was a member of the Moe Koffman Quartet, and recorded with Oscar Peterson, Koffman, Anne Murray and dozens of other notable musicians including Ed Bickert.

He held down the drummer’s throne for the majority of the studio work for years at the time recording studios in Toronto were at their all-time peak performance. He continues to live in Toronto with his wife, vocalist Aura Borealis.

The Ron Rully Sextet (Gene DiNovi on piano, Eugene Amara on saxophone, Bobby Edwards on guitar, Shelly Berger on bass, and percussionist Dick Smith) performed with Aura when she was featured in concert during the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Series at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto on November 7, 1977.