from Trenton, New Jersey, Michael Ray's three decade professional
resume includes early stints with the likes of Patti LaBelle, The
Delfonics and the Stylistics. Ray's affiliation with Sun Ra's Intergalactic
Arkestra began in 1978. He toured and recorded with Sun Ra performing
on and producing nearly two dozen albums internationally with the
Jazz Hall of Fame keyboardist that led the # 1 Big Band on the planet
(Downbeat's international Critic's Poll) for more than a dozen years.
Sun Ra designated Ray his "Intergalactic Research Tone Scientist,"
featuring him on trumpet and vocals. Ray appears on Sun Ra albums
on Saturn Records and on CDs released by Evidence, Enja, HatHut,
Rounder, Black Saint, Horo, A& M, Philly Jazz and ESP labels.
Ray also mixed the critically acclaimed Mayan Temples, Sun Ra's
last studio session (Black Saint/Italy-1992).
is also recognized as a member of the front line for Kool &
the Gang, the top selling jazzy R&B group of the 1980's. Ray
danced, sang, played trumpet and assisted with writing and producing
seven platinum/gold albums and seven Top 10 hits for the group,
winning dozens of awards and a Grammy nomination. Ray continues
to perform with this solid group in both the U. S. and overseas.
to New Orleans in 1989 where he is now considered a star of both
funk and jazz. In addition to concerts, he creates innovative
multi-arts collaborations focusing on sound and color that utilize
original jazz compositions, neon set installations, dance and
poetry. His Neon-Sound Performance concept won a regional arts
award in 1993 (National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller
and Andy Warhol Foundations).
continues to perform with the Sun Ra Arkestra and has appeared
with rock-phenom PHISH, live and on two Elektra recordings (Phish,
A Live One & Trey Anastasio's Surrender to the Air). He recently
worked on a PBS soundtrack for producer Delfeayo Marsalis and
appears on recordings of Galactic drummer Stanton Moore and avant
rockers Iris May Tango. He has made special appearances with many
popular groups including Aquarium Rescue Unit, Medeski, Martin
& Wood, Widespread Panic, Porno for Pyros, Col. Bruce Hampton
and Deep Banana Blackout.
from Michael Ray's website www.cosmickrewe.com