Ray Blue’s music can be described as a fusion of straight-ahead jazz and African groove. Ray is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator who has shared the stage and studio as a leader, sideman, and band member with Kirk Lightsey, Essiet Okan Essiet, Benito Gonzales, John Gilmore, Dr. Art Davis, Benny Powell, Eddie Henderson, Charlie Persip Super Band, Wycliff Gordon, Bernard Purdie, Steve Turre, Alicia Keys, and The Sun Ra Arkestra. Ray’s festival performances as a leader and featured artist include Hartford Jazz Festival, Hartford, Connecticut; Zanzibar International Film Festival, Zanzibar, Tanzania; North Sea Jazz Festival-Cape Town, South Africa; Macufe Festival- Bloemfontein, South Africa; European Union Annex Festival-Dublin, Ireland; Macao Jazz Festival, China; Midi Music Festival-Beijing, China; Pori Jazz Festival, Finland and others. Ray’s newest CD is ‘Work’ will be released on Jazz Head Records on October 12, 2019. Ray Blue consults and presents at schools, colleges, universities around the world. He is the founder of Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. a nonprofit organization that promotes jazz culture, performance, and education.
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