Thursday 23rd May - Saturday 25th May
Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, ‘Fats’ Waller, Louis Jordan; even the names sound hip! These were superb artists who were not afraid to entertain. Naturally they all played great music, but they also looked like they were having the time of their lives whenever they got on stage!
There is one man who is continuing this upbeat, fun-soaked, tradition of entertaining crowds with great music, moves and character. His name is Ray Gelato, and he joins his legendary predecessors in continuing the trend of delivering the coolest sounds around.
Backed by his band, Ray is now considered to be one of the last in a long line of the classic Jazz entertainers. Audiences and listeners across the world can expect to hear some footstompin’, swinging music that will leave them feeling uplifted and inspired. The band run through a selection of truly classic records and dedications as well as Ray’s original material, which has deservedly become some of the most requested during his live shows. Join Ray and his stunning band in paying homage to the ‘Great Entertainers’ and help keep this incredible music swingin’...
“Arguably the only British jazz artist with a proper stage show.” THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Ray is truly one of the last in the long line of ‘great’ Jazz entertainers with countless albums, releases and world tours under his belt, and 25 years in the business. He’s scooped a number of awards and nominations including Ronnie Scotts Best Male, BBC Jazz Artist Of The Year, plus a nomination for BBC Radio 2 Jazz Artist Of The Year in 2006.
With performances all over the world, he’s twice been requested to perform by personal invitation of HM the Queen, opened for Robbie Williams at The Royal Albert Hall, not to mention private appearances for the likes of Richard Branson, Elle McPherson and a personal invitation to perform at Paul McCartney’s wedding. Other performances include sets with BBC Symphony Orchestra live in Hyde Park, The Proms, and a superb show backed by a 35 piece orchestra alongside Katie Melua and Will Young at the BBC's VE Day Concert in Trafalgar Square. Further TV appearances include This Morning, BBC News and Strictly Come Dancing. Ray is touring with his new album, released in January. He is also releasing his very own cookbook’.
( The Lost Italian Songbook)
Wonderful! is a brand new CD from ‘ The Godfather of Swing ‘, Ray Gelato and his fantastic band, The Giants!
Ray Gelato has been wowing audiences worldwide for over 20 years but Italy has a very special place in his heart, and Mr Gelato considers it his second home. Ray’s new CD, Wonderful! is Ray’s gift to Italians everywhere! However, you don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this great new recording, you just need to have a little Italian spirit in your heart and soul. Wonderful! contains 14 gems from the ‘ Lost Italian songbook’, celebrating songs by artists such as Paulo Conte, Fred Buscaglione and Renato Carasone. However, the CD also contains some great, original songs, including a reworking of ‘ Mambo Gelato’ from the Catherine Zeta Jones hit movie, ‘No Reservations!’ If you like your music with fun, style and a little ‘Amore’, then this one’s for you; every song is performed with the Rockin’ energy and great musicianship that Ray has become world famous for!