JazzUP! presents... RAY GELATO! w. The Rachel Farrow Quartet!
There is only one Ray Gelato!
Ray has been taking his special brand of swing, jazz and R&B music all over the world since 1988. This multi-talented singer, saxman, songwriter and band leader has appeared at festivals, clubs and concert stages the world over, from Brazil to New York City. Ray delivers a high energy show that never fails to get a crowd on its feet. He performs with the highest level of musicianship and has been compared to such greats as Cab Calloway and Louis Prima. In fact, he’s been called ‘one of the last great jazz entertainers’. The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ has had an illustrious and very successful career to date, including a long-established residency at London’s world-famous Ronnie Scott’s, where he appears every Christmas. This must-see event is always a sell-out. He has also performed for HM The Queen (twice), opened for Robbie Williams at the Albert Hall, and was chosen to play at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding.
A memorable highlight was performing at New York’s Lincoln Center, fronting an 18 piece big band and wowing an audience of 3,000. Mr Gelato has 10 albums to his name. The Daily Telegraph gave his last release 5 stars, stating, “Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘The Godfather of Swing’ – this album is a joyous delight.” His music has also been featured in a number of Hollywood movies such as ‘Inventing The Abbotts’, ‘No Reservations’ and ‘The Perfect Man’ and TV shows such as the HBO series ‘Hung’, and UK cooking show ‘The Hairy Bikers’. Highlights of Ray’s impressive career include sell out shows at The Blue Note (Milan), the famous Blue Note Club in New York, and of course London’s Ronnie Scott’s where the Times’ Clive Davis wrote:
“Whether he is blowing a romantic Ben Webster-style ballad, or vamping it up on a huge toned, R&B fuelled Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the stylish, sharp-suited Gelato brings an unmistakable physical presence to the bandstand. He is a larger than life character.”
Most recently Ray once again headlined at the Umbria Jazz Festival playing in the main arena to thousands of his long-standing Italian fans. Ray and his band have just released their first vinyl album entitled The Italian Collection. He also continues his seasonal residency at Ronnie Scott's which once again is a sell out this year. Ray has also produced, starred in and directed two videos. Both based around his original tunes ‘Get Off the Phone’ and ‘A Pizza You’.
Ray is in the UK for just one week at the end of January between a tour of Israel and a residency at The Blue Note Milan, so we are very lucky to have him in Hitchin for one night only. Tickets go on sale at JazzUp End of Year Party (Club85 Sat. 30th December), and will go very quickly, so be sure to secure yours early (at the party!)
Advance tickets only, NO tickets on the door.
Ray is joined on stage by trombonist and JazzUp founder Dave Keech, who was a member of Ray’s band for several years, touring with Ray extensively and appearing on Ray’s classic album ‘The Full Flavour’. The powerhouse rhythm section includes Ray’s regular bassist and pianist, Manuel Alvarez and Gunther Kurmayr.
Entry £15 in advance
Entry £10 with JazzUP! loyalty card
Advance Tickets will be available from:
Jolly Brown Hitchin
Gatefold Record Lounge Hitchin
Bar 85 Hitchin
David's Music Letchworth
and on line from from WeGotTickets
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16+ with photo ID - younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult and earplugs are available upon request.
Downstairs bar open until 1am.
Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last trains North and South to Cambridge/Peterborough and London and we are just a 5 minute stroll from the station.
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