VIDEOS OF RAY REACH WITH HIS VARIOUS BANDS
Ray Reach leads a number of bands of various styles and descriptions. Below are a few a sample videos of Ray's bands:
- "Ray Reach and the Soul Serenaders" - a versatile Motown / Soul / Funk / Jazz Band
- "Ray Reach and The Little Big Band" - a slightly larger band than the "Soul Serenaders," very versatile and capable of playing classic big band sounds as well as modern dance favorites.
- "Ray Reach and Friends" - 4 to 6 players, focusing on Jazz and variety / dance music.
- "Ray Reach and the W.C. Handy Jazz All-Stars" - an awesome all-star jazz group of nationally renowned musicians which plays at the W.C. Handy Music Festival every year. (See the website: www.wchandymusicfestival.org/festival.htm)
- "The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All-Star Band" - a band made up of young students from the educational program at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, shown here opening for the Grammy Award winning group, "Take 6".
The first video shows the "Soul Serenaders" in the studio, playing the classic Motown song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
Below is a video of "Ray Reach and the Soul Serenaders" performing the classic Sevie Wonder song. "Superstition."
Below we see "Ray Reach and the Soul Serenaders" performing "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson.
Below is "Ray Reach and the Soul Serenaders" performing "Dancing In The Street" by Martha and the Vandellas at a wedding.
MORE OF RAY REACH'S VIDEOS
Below, watch a video of Ray Reach, performing with Ken Watters and friends at the 2012 W.C. Handy Music Festival:
RAY REACH'S "LITTLE BIG BAND"
Ray's 'Little Big Band" is a 7 to 9-piece ensemble that plays big band style music in the tradition of Count Basie Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, etc., as well as modern dance favorites. This band is perfect for those who want a "big band" sound on a smaller budget. In the video below, Ray's "Little Big Band" plays the Irving Berlin classic, "Cheek To Cheek."
Below we see "Ray Reach and the Little Big Band" playing "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire.
One more from "Ray Reach and the Little Big Band". Here, they are performing "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele and "Close To You" by the Carpenters.
Seen below is "Ray Reach and the Little Big Band" performing "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
RAY REACH AT THE W.C. HANDY FESTIVAL
Ray has been a featured jazz musician at the annual W.C. Handy Festival in Florence, Alabama since 2002. The video below is an excerpt from a live open-to-the-public recording session / concert done on July 26, 2013 in The Mane Room facility of the Department of Entertainment Industry at the University of North Alabama. The concert was titled, "A Tribute to the Crooners: Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme." Here, Ray sings and plays piano, accompanied by The W.C. Handy Jazz All-Stars. All arrangements were written by Ray in the "Little Big Band" instrumentation. This concert is due for release on CD early in 2014. In this video, you'll hear "You'd be So Nice To Come Home To," "Fly Me To The Moon," and "Georgia On My Mind."
In the video below, Ray sings the great Gordon Jenkins ballad, "This Is All I Ask," accompanied by Bill Goodwin on drums and Robert Dickson on bass, at the 2010 Handy Festival.
THE ALABAMA JAZZ HALL OF FAME STUDENT ALL-STARS OPEN FOR TAKE 6
On December 19, 2010, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All-Star Band, directed by Ray Reach, opened a concert for Grammy Award winning vocal group, Take 6 at Old Car Heaven in Birmingham, Alabama. They were a resounding success, receiving a standing ovation! The AJHoF Student All-Star Band is a highly select band whose members are chosen by competitive audition. The videos below were shot at that performance.
AJHoF Student All-Stars at soundcheck, Take 6
"Cottontail" by AJHoF Student All-Star Band
"Tuxedo Junction" by AJHoF Student All-Stars
"All I Do" by AJHoF Student All-Stars
"Cantaloupe Island" - AJHoF Student All-Stars
Below is a video of Michael Adler, Minister of Music at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, performing an arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with the Shades Mountain Jazz Orchestra and Choir, December, 2011. The arrangement was a collaboration between Michael Adler and Denver Bierman (of Denver and the Mile High Orchestra), with rhythm section arrangement by Ray Reach.