Lugano, 29-31.08.2013



Ray started playing tenor sax in 1979. While studying hard at night school and with private tutors, he developed a life-long love of jazz tenor sax playing. He was introduced to such sax greats as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster, etc. These masters became big influences on Gelato's sax playing.


1982 saw the birth of “The Chevalier Brothers” with Maurice Chevalier, and remained Ray's band until 1988. After that, he formed “Ray Gelato and the Giants of Jive” and recorded three CDs before disbanding in 1994. Later in 1994 he formed “The Ray Gelato Giants”, with whom he still performs today.


Ray gained many international fans in 1998 when he was featured in a commercial for Levis Dockers, distributed worldwide, performing the classic Renato Carosone song, "Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano".


In March 2005 news came through that Ray had been nominated for the “BBC Radio 2 Jazz Artist of the Year”. At the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards Ray was nominated for a second year in a row. This time in the category of ‘Best of Jazz’.



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