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What instrument do you play?
Keyboards
Who influenced you to listen to jazz
All the greats before me
How did you find out about the WDCJN?
From a friend
My Website
http://www.reverbnation.com/thetokyoflashband
Official Facebook Profile
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Where are you located?
New York, NY
Tell us about yourself
I am a former member of Ecstasy, Passion & Pain and the legendary Jimmy Castor Bunch. My musical journey began as a child when I would bang on a piano every chance I got. My parents recognized my interest in music and tried to coax me into taking music lessons, which I refused to do because I didn't feel I had the discipline necessary to practice. In retrospect, I probably refused lessons because I didn't want to study classical music. I wanted to play rhythm and blues. I eventually spent many more hours listening to records and trying to match the notes on the piano than I would have if I had taken lessons, but at least it was a labor of love. In the seventh grade, I attended William H. Carr Junior High School in Bayside, Queens, NY. During the year, the school sponsored a songwriting contest with the goal of finding a new school song. I won the contest and as a prize received a $25.00 gift certificate to the student store which I used to purchase a drum pad and a pair of drumsticks. After convincing my parents that drums were my instrument of choice rather than the clarinet they made me play in school band, they bought me a set of drums and a rhythm and blues musician was born.

After a couple of years with various bands, I began playing bass guitar and played in my first recording session with a jazz and r&b group called the Rhythm and Blues Quartet but my biggest successes came after I began playing the keyboard. I played keyboard with several bands before deciding to form my own band, The Soul Syndicate. My band was working with a 3 voice brother and sister act called Whirlwind when I was discovered by their manager, Phil Braxton, who also managed the hot disco group Ecstasy,Passion and Pain. I was auditioned and invited to join Ecstasy,Passion and Pain and toured nationally and internationally with them for over a year.

During a show on the same bill with the Jimmy Castor Bunch, I was asked by Jimmy Castor if I would be interested in joining his group. I was interested and played with the Bunch for many years.

In 1983 some of my friends and I were the first people of color featured in a rock video on VH1. I was in the Grammy nominated videos "Uptown Girl" and "Tell Her About It" for Billy Joel.

Some down time in my career with the Bunch was spent as the musical director and road manager for acts managed by Buddy Allen Management (Spinners). They hired me to work with Ronnie Dyson and Stacy Lattisaw. The Stacy Lattisaw job was unique in that it was my first experience working with a teenage artist. Due to her tender age, (she was 12 when I first started working with her), Buddy Allen Management trained me to handle her business affairs while she toured. This management experience fueled my interest in helping to mold the careers of artists and has led me to become a partner in White Light Music and Zoom Management, a new artist management company that includes The Tokyo Flash Band as a client. I have been producing music for commercial and industrial applications for several years and am presently producing my first solo project which will be ready for release later this year.



 

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At 10:59am on August 23, 2011, Mark Deffenbaugh said…

Hey Ray Thanks for the add....I would love to hit with you .

Mark

At 1:53am on August 1, 2011, Joseph Brotherton said…
Blessings, Mr. Ray Brown!
At 12:03am on July 29, 2011, Barry Bergstrom said…

Hi Ray...thanks for requesting to be a friend

Yours in music,

barry

At 10:42am on July 12, 2011, Joe Coleman said…
I'm cool Ray.  Hope all is well in your world...
At 10:10pm on June 16, 2011, sharon brown said…

Blessings Ray...

Have not forgotten you...Get these shows out the way and i will work on the live ...

At 4:18pm on May 29, 2011, SUSAN DADE JONES said…
Wish You much success with the new endeavor! Beautiful selection as the promo for your release of this cd.
At 9:54am on May 28, 2011, Rosequartz said…
Hey Ray!  Thanks so much for the request.  Your BIO is quite impressive...Smiles.  Are you looking to work in the Washington DC Baltimore area???
At 9:32pm on May 27, 2011, J Walsh said…
Are you a jazz musician? Are you familiar with jazz poet Percy Johnston??

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