Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Entertainer
"Cannon is a pianist of formidable gifts, with rich dynamic variety and consistently galvanizing
Leonard Feather, author of "The Encyclopedia of Jazz"
Randy has been playing piano for 55 years. He began his studies at the age of 5, being classically trained and mentored by noted pianist/musical coach Ms. Lin Carlson in southern California. During his early years, Randy studied, memorized and performed a wide array of musical compositions by many of the great classical composers. He also competed in numerous national competitions affiliated with the National Fraternity of Student Musicians of America.
After unknowingly composing his first song at age 14 and looking for an answer to what he was doing, he discovered jazz improvisation and committed himself to learning the art. He was able to study with George Shearing alumni Charlie Shoemake and many great Los Angeles based pianists such as Alan Broadbent, Bill Mays and Terry Trotter.
Randy began his professional performance career at age 17, performing throughout California with numerous combos, big bands, and orchestras. By age 19, Randy accepted a position as music director, conductor, and pianist with Princess Cruises. On and off for the next 12 years he traveled the world in this capacity.
In his early twenties Randy accepted a series of performances in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he ended up residing for over six years. His years in Hawaii saw him performing with many entertainers such as George Benson, jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans and saxophonist David Liebman.
Moving back to Los Angeles, California in his late twenties Randy worked with many of the cities top jazz players such as Billy Higgins, Harvey Mason, John and Jeff Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, saxophonist Harold Land, Tony Dumas, Ralph Penland, Andy Simpkins, and Jake Hanna to name a few. He also acted and performed for many of Hollywood's top movie and television studios, appearing on top shows such as ABC television’s “Hotel” and “Love Boat”. He also appeared on and provided original music for Orion Picture “No Man’s Land”starring Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen...
Teaming up with his childhood jazz teacher Charlie Shoemake, Randy recorded Charlies album "Stand Up Guys" with jazz sax legend Harold Land. This recording led to a west coast tour bringing the team to Portland, Oregon where they met and performed with jazz drummer extraordinaire Mel Brown and bassist legend Leroy Vinegar who both welcomed Randy with open arms...
Randy ended up moving to Portland and lived there for 10 years. During his years in Portland he performed with virtually every notable musician and in every jazz venue in the area. This included the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, the Britt Festival with world renowned jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, jazz vocalist extraordinaire Mark Murphy, Windjam Northwest, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival with the legendary Les McCann and Leroy Vinegar, and the Portland Rose Festival to name a few.
From 1995 through 1999 Randy collaborated with internationally acclaimed vocalist/producer and recording artist Gino Vanelli on various international recording projects alongside many of the top musical names in the music industry. During that time Randy also expanded into the realm of record producing, writing, arranging, and performing on three more CD projects. The first of these was “Nowhere Man” for his brother, trumpeter Steve Cannon, and two more projects for Portland Oregon based saxophonists Renato Curanto and Patrick Lamb.
In late 1999 Randy’s music took him to south east Asia with performances in Thailand, China, the Phillippines, and Singapore.
In 2000 Randy met the jazz lover/hotel General Manager Bruno Huber who introduced Randy to Thailands music lovers booking him for 2 years at the renowned Sundowner's Lounge at The Imperial Queen's Park Hotel.
In 2002 Randy met the renowned hotolier and jazz lover Richard Chapman who has provided him with his long-time and current musical home in the renown “Living Room” at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok. He can be seen there Wednesdays-Sundays from 9:15-12 midnight with his trio consisting of Therdsak Wongvichien(Pong)/Alex Sergeenko on bass and Willard Dyson on drums.
* “Stand Up Guys” with jazz vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake and jazz saxophonist Harold Land
* “Guess I’m Sentimental” with vocalist Sydette Sakauye with string section players from the Honolulu Symphony
* “CBG Express-Live at the Hobbit” with drummer Mel Brown and bassist Tim Gilson
* “The Answer” with bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Ralph Penland
* "Triple Play" with Andy Simpkins on bass and Alan Dawson on drums
* “Generations” with saxophonist Renato Caranto
* “For The Love” with saxophonist Patrick Lamb
* “No Where Man” with his brother /trumpeter Steve Cannon
* “Slow Love” with vocalist Gino Vanelli on Polygram Records
* “The Doky Brothers Volume 2” with Blue Note recording artists the Doky Brothers and Gino Vanelli on Blue Note Records
* “Friends For Life” with classical vocalist Monserrat Cabale', Gino Vanelli, and players from the
London Philharmonic Orchestra on BMG records
*“Not Like Before” Randy’s solo piano recording produced by Gino Vanelli
* “Koh Mr. Saxman” with Thai saxophonist Khun Koh and guest vocalist Jennifer Kim
* "Improvisations On A Theme" RC trio Live in the Livingroom at the Sheraton Grande