“He Plays what He Means and Means what he Plays.” – Jools Holland
Ray’s influences stand on their own merit, rooted in the R&B movement and evolving into a deep appreciation for luminaries like Bill Hayley, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, and a myriad of others. This eclectic foundation served as the fertile ground from which Ray cultivated his own distinct and vibrant style—a style that exudes warmth and brims with boundless energy.
For an impressive span of 16 years, Ray has commanded the spotlight in a sold-out spectacle at the prestigious Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, a testament to his enduring popularity and prowess on the bustling Jazz scene. Leading The Chevalier Brothers, his band, through an astonishing 200 gigs annually, Ray’s musical journey also leads him to the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan, where he graces the stage every year. And if that weren’t impressive enough, he’s notched two performances in front of Her Majesty The Queen herself, opened for none other than Robbie Williams at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, and even made a melodious appearance by special request at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding.
“Awesome Band” – Van Morrison sums it up succinctly, capturing the sentiment that echoes throughout the industry.
Yet, Ray’s creative energies know no bounds. Amidst his musical endeavours, he’s authored a cookbook, ventured into the world of podcasts with ‘Coffee with Ray’ and ‘Gelato’s Parlour Podcast’ during the confines of lockdown, and added yet another masterpiece to his repertoire—an album aptly titled ‘Locked Down but Not Out.’ In the midst of it all, Ray’s passion for saxophones and mouthpieces remains as intense as ever, his enthusiasm for life serving as a constant driving force.
With immense anticipation, I extend my warmest invitation to you to join us for what promises to be an undeniably extraordinary evening at Twickenham Jazz Club, featuring the incomparable Ray Gelato and his band. Prepare for an evening of pure delight and musical enchantment that awaits.
Ray Gelato – Saxophones & Vocals
Gunther Kurmayr – Piano,
Eleazar Ruiz – Bass,
Richard Pike – Drums