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Ray is an experienced trumpet player specializing in jazz improvisation but enjoys playing jazz and classical piano and composing.
Newcastle Under Lyme
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Ray is a Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter who has been influenced by many of the great trumpeters of the genre. Ray has played for well known US/UK artists such as Dr John, Mica Paris, Robbie Williams, Beverly Knight, Scott Matthews and Delirious frontman Martin Smith. He was the trumpet soloist on the Grammy nominated cd 'Burning Lights', on the track 'God's Great Dance Floor', by US Grammy winner Chris Tomlin. This album topped the US Billboard 200 charts. The follow on album 'Passion; Let the Future Begin' (also featuring Ray's solo), reached the US Billboard 200, number 4. Ray's own band, 'The Ray Butcher Band' has made appearances on comedies 'Very Important People' and 'The Morgana Show' (Channel 4). Ray also had extensive coverage on BBC1's period drama 'Landgirls'. Ray was invited to appear on Maltese TV show 'Ilsien in Nisa' playing his own music. He has been involved in jazz promotion, at the 'Blue Train Jazz Club' (Waterloo) and Birmingham's 'Yardbird Jazz Club' (2012-2014). Ray is the resident musician at various nightclubs, performing live over DJ's.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
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4th Encoreversary
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Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage
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Event types:
New Year's Eve, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Accompanist
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Song list

Autumn leaves
Blue bossa
Girl from impaneme
Fly me to the moon
Moon river
Well you needn’t
Star eyes
New York New York
James Bond theme
April in paris
Blue in green
Blues in Bb
Blues In F
Blues in C
Blues in Eb
One note samba
Donna Lee
I’ll remember April
Blue moon
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Ben O, 1 year ago

Not just a great musician but also a great bloke. This gentleman made my Mother’s Day. Drive over 100 miles, performed in the rain and played beautifully. Will certainly be recommending

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Zoe K, 4 years ago

I will hire them anytime. they were very professional, but more so human considering that, the help I was waiting never arrived, They were not only helpful but also, very good musicians. Well done Ray and your friend. Thank you very much. Zoe Eastbourne.

From other customers:

Arturo S, 5 years ago

Beautiful trumpet sound

One B, 7 years ago

Martin Smith