RAY REACH - Pianist / Vocalist / Guitarist / Arranger / Composer / Producer / Educator
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A NEW RECORDING IN THE WORKS BY MAGIC CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA!
Ray Reach recently announced (January, 2010) that he has begun work on a new CD by the MCJO, titled Spinning Wheel - The Magic CIty Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Blood, Sweat and Tears. The recording will feature several of the former members of BS&T as soloists, including Lou Marini, Lew Soloff and Tom Malone, among others.
Ray holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. In addition, he studied composition on the Master's level at the University of Alabama, under Dr. Fred Goossen and Steve Sample. He teaches private lessons in piano, voice, music theory and composition in his home and at Art's music Shop in Birmingham, Alabama (Phone: 205-995-8376).
Ray's two newest challanges are 1) developing the educational offerings at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and 2) presenting jazz educational concerts and workshops in schools and various oither venues. Both of these educational presentations are offered free of charge to the recipients. At the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, he is in charge of assembling a faculty of jazz professionals and writing a jazz curriculum to be used in the tuition-free "Saturday Jazz Classes." This same jazz faculty is currently touring schools and organizations, presenting a series of Concert / Workshops entitled "Fun With Jazz." The Fun With Jazz program began under the sponsorship of the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, and is now administered by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. For more information about the "Saturday Jazz Classes," go to www.jazzhall.com. For more information about "Fun With Jazz," call the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame at 205-254-2731.