Influences: My brothers Steven “Cool Bone” Johnson (trombone), Earnest Johnson (trumpet), Darrell Johnson (saxophone). Freddie Lonzo, Louis Armstrong
Played with: Coolbone Brass Band, Olympia Brass Band, Lionel Ferbos, Wendell Brunious, Shannon Powell
First memory performing at Preservation Hall: "It was a Sunday night with the Olympia Brass Band, in 2003. I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure if I would knew all of the tunes. They hired me to play trombone that night. I remember I knew every song they called and it was so great. Every time I played I had music mutes and stuff on my trombone. The audience went wild and so did the band."
What does performing traditional New Orleans Jazz mean to you? "Traditional Jazz has always been my favorite type of music, specifically New Orleans Traditional Jazz. Coming up in school you’re learning a lot of modern jazz, but I was playing that in the New Orleans trad way. Gospel is very dear to me, but as Michael Kelly said, “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing."
Little Known Fact: Ronell’s great uncle was the great “Kid Twat” Butler who played with Kid Thomas, Sweet Emma, and a number of Preservation Hall bands.
Another Little Known Fact: In addition to the tuba, Ronell plays the trumpet, trombone, and the piano wonderfully.