Ray Gelato has been taking his special brand of swing, jazz and R&B music all over the world since 1988, a multi-talented singer, saxman, songwriter and band leader he has appeared from Brazil to New York, and lots of places in between.
Gathering more fans with every passing year, Ray’s audience includes young children and grown up kids alike, for the simple reason that his joyful music lifts everyone who hears it – a rare gift in these often cynical times.
Ray and his world class band The Giants deliver a high energy show that never fails to get a crowd on its feet, stomping its collective feet and demanding more. As a result, Ray has been compared to such greats as Cab Calloway and Louis Prima. In fact, he’s been called ‘one of the last great jazz entertainers’!
The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ and his band have had an illustrious and very successful career, including a long established residency at Soho’s world famous Ronnie Scott’s, where the band appears every Christmas. is must-see event is always a sell out.
He has also performed for HM The Queen (not once but twice!), opened for Robbie Williams at the Albert Hall, and was chosen to play at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding.
July 2013 saw Ray perform at New York’s Lincoln Center, fronting an 18 piece big band and wowing an audience of 3,000. 2013 was also the year that Ray signed to Universal records, Italy, and released his ninth album, “Wonderful”. the Daily Telegraph gave the album 5 stars , saying “Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘the Godfather of Swing’ – this album is a joyous delight.”
His music has also been featured in a number of Hollywood movies such as ‘Inventing the Abbotts’, ‘No Reservations’ and ‘The Perfect Man’, and TV shows such as the HBO series ‘Hung’, and UK cooking show ‘The Hairy Bikers’.
Recent highlights of Ray’s illustrious career include sell out shows at the Blue Note (Milan), the famous Blue Note Club in New York, and of course London’s Ronnie Scott’s where the Times’ Clive Davis wrote “Whether he is blowing a romantic Ben Webster-style ballad, or vamping it up on a huge toned, R&B fuelled Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the stylish, sharp-suited Gelato brings an unmistakable physical presence to the bandstand. He is a larger than life character”.
Recently Ray and the band headlined at the Umbria Jazz Festival playing in the main arena to thousands of his long standing Italian fans. He also continues his long running residency at Ronnie Scott’s.
2015 saw the release of Ray’s tenth album, a collection of Ray’s original songs in conjunction with a new video, as well as further festival and club appearances.