As a pianist and composer, Mr. Kobayashi has performed and recorded in a variety of musical settings. He has performed with Mel Torme, Peter Frampton, Margaret Whiting, Tom Scott, Kenny Burrell, Peter White, Jerry Van Dyke, comedian Bob Saget, and Paula Kelly Jr., as well as the Modernaires. Additionally, Ron and his band have shared the stage with David Sanborn, the rock group Berlin, Eddie Palmieri, David Benoit, Cirque Du Soleil, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Mr. Kobayashi’s jazz trio has recorded five CDs and one DVD to date, receiving airplay around the world. In 1992, he performed for President Bill Clinton. Additionally, in 1996 his jazz trio was awarded Outstanding Jazz Group in Orange County by the Orange County Weekly. And in 2012, they were nominated for Best Jazz by the Orange County Music Awards. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Kobayashi's television appearances have included: featured performer on The Johnny Yune Television Show, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and several appearances on the TVONE series Life After. For five years, he served as Music Director for the Annual Hollywood Diversity Awards, where stars, including Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, and George Lopez were honored. Several cuts from his Trio’s discs were used in the Gary Busey movie, Sam and Janet.