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Justin Ray

by Justin Ray

Combines the funkiness of '60's hard bop with the harmonic and melodic sensibilities of today. Featuring Randy Napoleon on guitar, Jared Gold on Hammond B3 organ, and Quincy Davis on drums.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. It's How U Use It
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2. Braidy
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3. DubDawg In The Pocket
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4. Try Harder
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5. Embraceable You
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6. Psychic Ping-Pong
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7. Goodnight Mom
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8. It's How U Use it (take 2)
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Album Notes
Justin Ray began his musical career while attending Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, NM. After graduating, he received a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. While studying at Berklee, Ray performed with many different ensembles. Ray graduated from Berklee cum laude with a degree in music education, then moved to Los Angeles to complete his masters degree at the University of Southern California. Once in LA, he quickly became one of the most in-demand jazz trumpeters in the region. He was a regular member of many groups, including those led by pianists Bill Cunliffe and Alan Pasqua, and drummer Joe LaBarbara (formerly with Tony Bennett and Bill Evans). He also performed with Grammy winning singer Kurt Elling, the band Royal Crown Revue, and many others. After recording his debut album The Thing in 2003, Ray accepted an offer from Warner Bros. recording artist Michael Buble to become a featured soloist in Buble’s ensemble. Ray has been in Buble’s band ever since, traveling the world to perform in well-known concert venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall in London, and Town Hall in New York City. He has also appeared on the “Late Show” with David Letterman, the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, the “Today” show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” “The Wayne Brady Show”, “On Air” with Ryan Seacrest, “The Late Late Show” with Craig Kilborn, and the new NBC drama “Las Vegas”. In early 2004, Buble released the live CD/DVD entitled “Come Fly With Me” featuring concert footage and interviews with the band. Ray is featured prominently, and is the trumpet soloist on “My Funny Valentine”. He is also featured on "Caught in the Act" the second Buble concert DVD. He currently resides in Brooklyn while promoting his self-titled CD, available at CD Baby.



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kathleen creaney

Justin's Cd
The music is haunting where needed and tender and smooth. Great musicians along with the fantastic trumpet of Justin's.


I've always been a fan of the trumpet but Justin's playing brings it to a new level! Randy Napoleon was absolutly the best complement to Justin's horn!! I can't wait for his next cd.


Justin Ray
Absolutely fantastic! A must for all music lovers! A brilliant listen from beginning to end!


Justin Ray
This CD is great. I have never been a trumpet fan until I heard Justin Ray at a Michael Buble concert, and now I am hooked. It's like two concerts in one!! Justin is excellent and should be the lead trumpet.


Justin Ray CD
Awesome CD--Justin is the greatest Trumpet player of all time. I adore his music and the CD is just fabulous! I highly recommend it!

Bill West

Justin Ray is one of my favorite Jazz musicians.
Justin has surrounded himself with musicians of his own very high caliber and has produced one of the best jazz CD's I can happily say has been added to my collection of great jazz players.