The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (AJHoF) All-Stars is a working jazz ensemble, featuring some of the finest jazz musicians Alabama has to offer. This group is the faculty of the Jazz Education Department of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (www.jazzhall.com) and the faculty of the Fun With Jazz Educational Program, originated at the Alys Stephens Center, and now offered through the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The personnel of the group is listed as follows:
RAY REACH - Director and organizer of the AJHoF All-Stars and Director of Student Jazz Programs for the Hall of Fame. Ray has had a 44+ year musical career as painist, vocalist, guitarist, arranger, composer and producer. From 1998 to 2005, he was Director of Jazz Ensembles at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he taught Jazz and Music Technology courses. His production clients include saxophonist Lou Marini, Jr., trumpeter Lew Soloff, classical choral composer K. Lee Scott,, jazz guitarist Eric Essix, CHristian Jazz vocalist Amy Drinkwater, and many others. In addition, he originated the program Fun With Jazz for the Alys Stephens Center, which takes free jazz music classes into elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges in the Birmingham, Alabama metro area.