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Ray Gallon

Jazz pianist & composer Ray Gallon has performed with many of the leading jazz artists, including Ron Carter, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, T.S. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Sweets Edison, Wycliffe Gordon, Les Paul, Benny Golson. Frank Wess, Lew Tabakin, George Adams, and the Mingus Big Band.

He has performed at most of the major jazz festivals and venues throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan, and has appeared in gala concerts at the White House and the Kennedy Center.

Ray has also accompanied many vocal greats, including Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Grady Tate, Nnenna Freelon, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, Joe Williams, Chaka Khan, and Jane Monheit.

In addition, he also leads his own trio, and performs solo concerts.

His compositions have been recorded by T.S. Monk, the Harper Brothers, and George Adams. Ray has appeared on numerous recordings, including Lionel Hampton’s Grammy-nominated Cookin’ In the Kitchen.

His broadcast appearances include NBC’s The Tonight Show and Today, as well as several nationally broadcast concert performances on BET-TV and NPR.

Involved in jazz education, Ray is currently a full-time faculty member of the BFA Jazz Program at The City College of New York, has taught courses at The New School, and is on the faculty of The Vermont Jazz Center’s Summer Jazz Workshop series. He has led or participated in numerous workshops and masterclasses throughout North and South America. Ray is the co-leader/pianist/composer of a series of internationally distributed jazz practice and study aide CDs.


Liner Notes

Angela Verbrugge: Somewhere

Read "Angela Verbrugge: Somewhere" reviewed by Michael Steinman

The proper response to Beauty is an awed admiring silence. So these liner notes should be one word in a large font: LISTEN. But Angela asked me to add a few hundred keystrokes to the project, so here we are. Incidentally, I have chosen to focus on Angela in the midst of the most superb musicians and arrangements. I hope they will forgive me! Angela Verbrugge is a great subversive. Her work is so quietly insinuating that listeners ...

Album Review

Ray Gallon: Grand Company

Read "Grand Company" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Score one for truth in advertising. New York City-based pianist Ray Gallon is definitely in Grand Company on his first recording as the leader of a trio, ably chaperoned every step of the way by bassist Ron Carter and drummer Lewis Nash who are quite simply two of the best in the business (Hall of Fame caliber), and have been at the top of their game for many years. That is not to imply that Gallon merely ...

Album Review

Ray Gallon: Grand Company

Read "Grand Company" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Ray Gallon is a pianist with a rich and complex musical vocabulary. In the company of bassist Ron Carter and percussionist Lewis Nash, he has recorded an album that is filled with technical proficiency and emotional depth as well as a unique artistic voice. Adding to the enjoyment is the sophistication of the recording, which was made at the Van Gelder Recording Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, under engineer Maureen Sickler. This nine-track session is ...

Radio & Podcasts

Ray Gallon and Kenny Washington

Read "Ray Gallon and Kenny Washington" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off our 715th Episode of Neon Jazz with the veteran New York City pianist Ray Gallon. The music keeps on getting better here in 2021 and we profile artists including Alyssa Allgood, Mara Rosenbloom and Jeremy Monteiro. In between new tracks, we have older cats that influenced them from the likes of Ari Hoenig, Earl Hines and Toots Thielemans. Dig this brand new episode... Playlist Ray Gallon “Kitty Paws" Make Your Move (Cellar Records) 00:00 Host ...

Multiple Reviews

Recent Piano Music

Read "Recent Piano Music" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Small groups featuring piano continue to work their individual brands of magic throughout the jazz world. Here are some examples from the last few months. Ray Gallon Make Your Move Cellar Live 2021 Pianist Ray Gallon has been around for over thirty-five years playing with the likes of Lionel Hampton and Ron Carter but, surprisingly, this is his first recording as a leader. He displays a nimble, relaxed style here. He shows ...

Radio & Podcasts

Brand New Jazz Sounds

Read "Brand New Jazz Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne

All new releases from around the World of Jazz. A new mini-album by The Near Jazz Experience highlights the band's hypnotic improv grooves, salutes a pop hero and explores new ground in the shape of electronic beats and live sound manipulation. Pianist Ray Gallon's debut recording arrives after more than three decades of him plying his trade on stages and in studios around the world with the crème-de-la-crème of jazz. A ground-breaking album from guitarist René Lussier who is one ...

Album Review

Ray Gallon: Make Your Move

Read "Make Your Move" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Although pianist Ray Gallon has been part of the jazz scene for many years, both as a player (with Ron Carter, Art Farmer, Grady Tate) and educator (City College Of New York), Make Your Move is his first release as a leader. Supported by a rhythm section of bassist David Wong and the impeccable drummer Kenny Washington, Gallon swaggers through a selection of his own compositions along with a couple of well-known standards. Starting off with ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


OA2 Records


Grand Company

Cellar Music Group


Make Your Move

Cellar Records


The Night We Couldn't...

Gut String Records


Jon De Lucia Octet +...

Gut String Records


Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)

From: Somewhere
By Ray Gallon

I'm Running Late

From: The Night We Couldn't Say Good...
By Ray Gallon

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