Saxophonist, Composer, Educator
Executive Director of Cross Cultural Connection, Inc. an organization which promotes jazz performance and education in schools, colleges and community institutions.
A big sound…touches your soul
Saxophonist Ray Blue has a sound and style that are energetic, powerful and sensitive. Ray takes you on a musical ride that is full of passion. His phrases are poetic and soulful, the grooves are strong and he leaves you wanting more. A Ray Blue Music Experience is with you for a long time.
"Ray Blue has a majestic presence. When he plays his sense of purpose is obvious. As evidence of that — people's enthralled smile. It's one thing to be a good composer, it's another to be a great performer. Ray Blue's got the whole package."
Jean Szlamowicz (Jazz Hot, Down Beat)
Ray performs on numerous world stages connecting people with his music.
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Hi Ray,thanks for the friendship.You know we have teached in same school in
Beijing China ( I teached for two years at Midi School of Music Beijing)Ok.I just also wanna say I love your sax playing-great! And if you see Tony Hurdle and Fuasi just say them all the best from me.Take care .Guglielmo Bucchino
Thanks for reaching out....love your music...big feeling sound....look forward to hearing more. I live in Colorado and have sang in New York three times in the last year. Trying to come back in the fall but hard to find venues...if you have any ideas for venues that work with vocalists...open to thoughts. Have a great day...meryl
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.