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Ray Brown Jr.

Born in New York City and raised in a family of musical royalty (the son of singer Ella Fitzgerald and legendary jazz bass player Ray Brown), Ray Brown, Jr. learned early to appreciate the beauty and artistry of music. Although the primary emphasis was jazz, Ray's heart was in rock and roll and rhythm and blues. The family migrated to California where Ray studied piano at the age of 10. At 14, drums became an extended musical passion, so dad arranged for young Ray to study with Bill Douglas and later with Chuck Flores in Los Angeles. The singing drummer began playing private parties, graduating into the world of playing gigs

This Is Ray Brown Jr.

Label: SRI Jazz
Released: 2018
Track listing: Song For My Father; Ain't Misbehavin'; The Nearness Of You; S'Wonderful; Take The "A" Train; Just In Time; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; All Of You; Perdido; Stella By Starlight; Everyday I Have The Blues; What A Difference A Day Makes; Mercy Mercy Mercy.

NEWS: RECORDING

Ukraine Tour Coincides With The SRI Jazz Release Of The Best Of Ray Brown Jr.

Ukraine Tour Coincides With The SRI Jazz Release Of The Best Of Ray Brown Jr.

Following a smashing success from his Ukrainian Tour, SRI Jazz Releases the long awaited “The Best of Ray Brown Jr.” Ray Brown Jr’s recent tour in the Ukraine, a smashing success for the artist, which included starring in Jazz Festivals, concerts and television interviews, coincides with the SRI Jazz release of ”The Best of Ray Brown ...

Friends and Family

Label: SRI Jazz
Released: 2009
Track listing: Can't Take My Eyes Off You; I'm Beginning To See The Light; Sunny Side Of The Street; Too Close For Comfort; Memphis; I Wish You Love; Lullaby Of Birdland; Up On The Roof; Ordinary Fool; A-Tisket-A-Tasket; Something's Gotta Give; Everybody's Cryin' Mercy; Girls On The Beach; Laughter In The Rain; I Thought About You; How High The Moon.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ray Brown Jr.: Friends and Family

Read "Friends and Family" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

A solid pedigree does not necessarily guarantee talent, but in the case of Ray Brown Jr. it clearly has, which makes Friends and Family even more disappointing. Brown has an evocative baritone and an impeccable mastery over the art of singing that rivals the best classically trained opera performers. His delivery on this record, however, is ...

NEWS: EVENT

“Friends and Family Celebrate Ella’S Birthday” Tickets Go On Sale.

“Friends and Family Celebrate Ella’S Birthday” Tickets Go On Sale.

Tickets went on sale today for the all-star charity event starring Ray Brown Jr., whose dad was famed bassist Ray Brown and mother was “America’s First Lady Of Song”, Ella Fitzgerald. Brown will perform songs from his latest SRI Jazz release, Friends And Family, an all-star duets style album released late last year. The show date ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Wrhu Bob Collins NY "Jazz Cafe" Interviews Ray Brown Jr on His Latest Release, "Friends and Family"

Wrhu Bob Collins NY  "Jazz Cafe" Interviews Ray Brown Jr on His Latest Release, "Friends and Family"

Veteran Jazz DJ Bob Collins, host of WRHU “Jazz Cafe," recently conducted a warm and engaging interview with Ray Brown Jr. on his latest album, Friends and Family. Collins' insight into this interview explores Brown's early beginnings, his relationship to his mother, Ella Fitzgerald, and his experience in recording the all-star album featuring Jane Monheit, Melba ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Retailers Greet “Friends and Family”

Retailers Greet “Friends and Family”

SRI Jazz announces Ray Brown Jr's new CD, an all-star duets album entitled “Family and Friends" is finally in stores. The album premiered on iTunes and it has received great reviews there and it arrives at all major music retailers the week of September 15th. “ Just listened to Ray Jrs' CD and it’s marvelous. He’s ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ella's Granddaughter Signs First Recording

Ella's Granddaughter Signs First Recording

Granddaughter of Ella Fitzgerald signs first recording contract singing a duet of famous Fitzgerald song with dad Ray Brown Jr. on his upcoming all-star Friends and Family duets-style CD. Haylee, grand-daughter of Ella Fitzgerald, signed her first recording contract with SRI Jazz. Her debut will be a duet with dad Ray Brown Jr. singing Ella's first ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Mercy" for Veterans

"Mercy" for Veterans

Way back in 1964 legendary, singer/songwriter, Mose Allison wrote a unique anti-war song called “Everybody's Cryin' Mercy". Allison recorded the song for one of his early albums and over the years a few other artists have also recorded it in much the same vein as Allison. Now in 2008, with all the unrest in the world, ...


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