New York based International Jazz Artist Ray Blue
“Ray Blue has a majestic presence…when playing, his sense of purpose is obvious… 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, Down Beat
He has the big sound and the improvisatory presence, unfurling broad-shouldered solos…a vigorous player who knows how to hold a crowd. -Peter Vasher, London Jazz Review
Ray Blue is a soulful and tender saxophonist, composer and music educator. He is well known in the New York jazz scene and tours internationally. He has a big warm sound that captures you and holds you tight. He has recorded 7 jazz recordings with his most recent projects on the Jazzheads label. His latest release Work remained on the Jazz Week Chart for more than two months, peaking at #7 nationally. His holiday single topped off at #2. Ray is earning considerable attention in the U.S. and Europe with his stellar band and his heartfelt solos. A new recording featuring Blue on Saxaphone and Kenny Barron on piano is scheduled to be released this fall 2021.
Blue has worked as band leader, sideman and ensemble member with some of the most notable names in jazz: Charles Davis, Paul Jeffries, Houston Person, Barry Harris, Ornette Coleman, Benny Golson, George Coleman, Kenny Barron, Kirk Lightsey, John Gilmore, Dr. Art Davis, John Patton, Benny Powell, Eddie Henderson, Charlie Persip, Wycliff Gordon, Bernard Purdie, Ted Curson, Joe Lee Wilson, The Sun Ra Arkestra, and the Cotton Club All Stars.
Ray Blue is a 2013 New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Master Blues and Jazz Artist. Ray was honored with a Jazz Legacy Award in 2015, in 2016 he received the Arts Education Award and in 2017 he was presented with a Living Legacy Award.
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