Ronnie Cuber

Birth name Ronald Edward Cuber
Born December 25, 1941
New York City
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone

Ronald Edward Cuber (born December 25, 1941) is a jazz saxophonist. He has also played in Latin, pop, rock, and blues sessions. In addition to his primary instrument, baritone sax, he has played tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet, and flute, the latter on an album by Eddie Palmieri as well as on his own recordings. As a leader, Cuber is known for hard bop and Latin jazz. As a side man, he has played with B. B. King, Paul Simon, and Eric Clapton. Cuber can be heard on Freeze Frame by the J. Geils Band, and one of his most spirited performances is on Dr. Lonnie Smith’s 1970 Blue Note album Drives. He was also a member of the Saturday Night Live Band.

Cuber was in Marshall Brown’s Newport Youth Band in 1959, where he switched from tenor to baritone sax. His first notable work was with Slide Hampton (1962) and Maynard Ferguson (1963–1965). Then from 1966 to 1967, Cuber worked with George Benson. He was also a member of the Lee Konitz nonet from 1977 to 1979.


As leader

1976: Cuber Libre! (Xanadu)
1978: The Eleventh Day of Aquarius (Xanadu)
1981: New York Jazz
1985: Two Brothers (AMG)
1985: Pin Point (PID)
1985: Passion Fruit (PID)
1986: Live at the Blue Note (ProJazz)
1992: Cubism (Fresh Sound)
1993: The Scene Is Clean (Milestone)
1994: Airplay (SteepleChase)
1996: In a New York Minute (SteepleChase)
1997: N.Y.C.ats (SteepleChase)
1998: Love for Sale (with the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra) (Koch)
2009: Ronnie (SteepleChase)
2011: Boplicity (SteepleChase)
2013: Live at JazzFest Berlin (SteepleChase) (recorded 2008)

As sideman

With Patti Austin

End of a Rainbow (CTI, 1976)
Havana Candy (CTI, 1977)
With George Benson

It’s Uptown (1966)
The George Benson Cookbook (1966)
Good King Bad (CTI, 1975)
With Nick Brignola

Burn Brigade (Bee Hive, 1979)
With Maynard Ferguson

The New Sounds of Maynard Ferguson (Cameo, 1963)
Come Blow Your Horn (Cameo, 1963)
Color Him Wild (Mainstream, 1965)
With Grant Green

The Main Attraction (1976)
With Billy Joel

baritone saxophone on “Easy Money”, “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It”, “Keeping The Faith” on album An Innocent Man (1983)
baritone saxophone on “Big Man on Mulberry Street” on album The Bridge (1986)
With Sam Jones

Something New (Interplay, 1979)
With Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz Nonet (Chiaroscuro, 1977)
Yes, Yes, Nonet (SteepleChase, 1979)
Live at Laren (Soul Note, 1979 [1984])
With Idris Muhammad

House of the Rising Sun (1976)
Turn This Mutha Out (1977)
With Horace Silver

The Hardbop Grandpop (1996)
With Lonnie Smith

Move Your Hand (1969)
Drives (1970)
Live at Club Mozambique (1970; released 1995)
With Mickey Tucker

Sojourn (Xanadu, 1977)
With Gerald Wilson

Detroit (Mack Avenue, 2009)
With Rare Silk

New Weave (1986)
With Randy Brecker

34th N Lex (2003)
With Dr. John

Duke Elegant (1999)
With Paul Simon

baritone saxophone on “You Can Call Me Al” on album Graceland (1986)

He can be heard playing in Frank Zappa’s group in the mid-1970s, including the album Zappa in New York. He has been a member of the Mingus Big Band since its inception in the early 1990s. He was an off-screen musician for the movie Across the Universe.