Bachelor in Music, California State University, 1971. Master of Music, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1973. Doctor of Metaphysics, Universal Life Church Theological Seminary, 1991.
Doctor of Philosophy in Religion, Universal Life Church Theological Seminary, 1991.
Also a dabbler in the area of acting, Ronnell made a guest appearance as a piano player in the Season 1 episode of The Jeffersons titled "Lionel, The Playboy". In 1944, he played with the Chicago Youth Piano Symphony Orchestra. Moving back to Chicago, he played with Johnny Tate and accompanied Carmen McRae before relocating to New York City in 1955.
There he played with Rolf Kuhn and put together his own trio in 1957.
In 1957-1958 he was with Dizzy Gillespie, and acted as an accompanist for Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, and Gloria Lynne over the next few years. His compositions were recorded by Vaughan as well as by Cal Tjader, Horace Silver, and Blue Mitchell.
In 1964, he became Nancy Wilson"s arranger and pianist after moving to Los Los Angeles Later in the decade he found work as a studio musician, playing in Supersax from 1972 to 1974.
With United States Navy, 1952-1954. Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, SAG, American Federation Musicians.
Married Dianne Davis, November 25, 1987. Children: Lois Rene, Faye, Ronnell Ralph, Ronnece Laura.