About The Ray Rich Band
The Ray Rich Band’s combination of great versatility and superior musicianship adds up to a swinging, rocking, grooving package that will have all your guests crying out for more! The band usually kicks off an evening’s entertainment with a sophisticated set of jazz and swing classics. With their tight arrangements and Ray’s laid-back contributions on vocal numbers, the band covers jazz hits from Duke Ellington’s Mood Indigo to Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man – perfect for creating a party atmosphere and suitable for some gentle dancing without being over-obtrusive. When you are ready, the band can turn the dial up a few notches and get on to its comprehensive repertoire of R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and soul anthems, from Route 66 to I Feel Good. This is serious funky dance music which will soon have everyone strutting their stuff!
The line-ups featured on the demo tracks vary from six to nine musicians, but our quoted price is for a five-piece band comprising keyboards/bass, drums, guitar, guitar/vocals, saxophone unless otherwise stated. Where a larger band is required, a trumpet can be addded, and the band can also go down to a four-piece line-up – the latter usually comprising keyboards/bass, drums, guitar and guitar/vocals.
The band’s members are all top London musicians whose work includes collaborations with Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley & The Comets, Shakin' Stevens, Fats Domino, Skinny-Bo-Jo, The Royal Ballet, James Whale, Miracle Mile, Nick Hayward, Edwyn Collins, The Rocking Birds, Lenny Henry, Rolf Harris, Q-Stone (one of Finland’s leading pop bands), Level 42, Squeeze, The International Blues Brothers Show, Cliff Richard and Belinda Carlisle.
As well as private functions and events, the band has frequently performed at public venues including The Roadhouse, Mezzo's Quaglino's, The Marquee Club and The Dover Street Wine Bar, and also played at The Cork Annual Jazz Festival. The band can perform three 45 minute or two one hour sets and bring a full PA system. In their breaks, recorded music can be provided if required.