Those of you who have witnessed Ray Gelato tearing up Club85 need no introduction here. On both occasions, tickets sold out very quickly, so one piece of advice; get in there quick!
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
The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ has had an illustrious and very successful career to date, including a 14 year Christmas residency at London’s world-famous Ronnie Scott’s. This must see show 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 for Ray was performing at New York’s Lincoln Center, fronting an 18 piece big band and wowing the audience at this most esteemed venue. Other notable performances include Umbria Jazz Festival (no less than 10 times!), Carnegie Hall New York, Montreal Jazz Festival, and BBC Proms In The Park.
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 and TV shows. 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.”
Ray comes to Club85 after a residency at The Blue Note Milan, and we are very lucky to have him in Hitchin for one night only. Tickets are expected to sell out, so please do not risk paying on the door, and be sure to secure your tickets early.
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, and rising drum star Jack Amblin.
THE YOUNG JAZZ GUNS
Continuing our policy of a support slot that showcases young, (and we do mean young) jazz talent, the Guns include NYJO Academy Big Band & Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz students. For this one we have Will Inscoe on piano, Kielan Sheard on bass, Henry Walcott on tenor and Joe Keech on drums.
Entry £15, £12 with JazzUp loyalty card.
Tickets available from …
Riot Lounge, Hitchin
Gatefold Record Lounge, Hitchin
Jolly Brown, Hitchin
Bar 85, Hitchin
David's Music Letchworth
and on line from from WeGotTickets
16+ with photo ID - younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult.
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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