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Drummond, Ray

Drummond, Ray, bass; b. Brookline, MA. 23 November 1946. He later relocated to California. He played various horns in school before being persuaded by his band director to try the bass. He developed a strong taste for jazz at an early age and essentially taught himself listening to the music of jazz masters.

While he was in the San Francisco area he worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Michael White, Martha Young (Lester's niece), Tom Harrell, and Eddie Marshall. He moved to New York where he quickly became a first-call bassist. His persuasive playing with its solid rhythmic and harmonic innovation has enriched the bands of so many jazz notables including the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Jon Faddis, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Barron, Pharoah Sanders, and George Coleman.

Additionally, he has had the opportunity to work on over two hundred recordings with a diverse number of artists including Art Farmer, David Murray, Houston Person, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, and Ray Bryant. He has recorded seven projects under his own name, three as a co-leader, and has continued to be in demand as a producer.

He has innumerable teaching credits beginning in 1975 as a faculty member in the Music Department of Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California. He has continued to conduct master classes, seminars, and workshops all over the world including the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Berklee School of Music, the University of Massachusetts, and the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland, just to name a few.

As of September 2002, he's teaching at a new campus in California. He is not related to Billy Drummond.

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