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Ray Marchica

Ray’s first drum teacher was his Uncle Jimmy who taught him all about feel, groove, soul and the joy and love of playing and sharing music. That’s what it’s all about …isn’t it? He is a graduate of Brooklyn College, where he studied percussion with Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Performance. He’s been an in-demand player in New York for more than 25 years, appearing on countless sessions, Broadway productions and TV shows. One of the most diverse freelance drummers in New York City, Marchica is a longstanding member of The Ed Palermo Big Band, which specializes in the music of Frank Zappa, a challenging gig that demands the most highly skilled of drummers (Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta and Chad Wackerman filled the drum chair during Zappa’s heyday)

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I've Got News For You: The Music of Edgar Winter

Label: Sky Cat Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I Hate Everybody; Tobacco Road; Peace Pipe; All Out; A Different Game; Dying to Live; Jump Right Out; Entrance; Where Have You Gone; Rise to Fall; Fire and Ice; Hung Up; Back in the Blues; Re-Entrance; You Are My Sunshine; I've Got News For You.

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The Great Un-American Songbook Vol. III: Run for Your Life

Label: Sky Cat
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Within You Without You (Part 1) (The Beatles) / Stop Stop Stop (The Hollies); 2. Run for Your Life (The Beatles); 3. Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles) / Shove It Right In (Frank Zappa); 4. Glad (Traffic); 5. And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles); 6. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (The Beatles); 7. Within You Without You (Part 2) (The Beatles); 8. Come Together (The Beatles) / Chunga's Revenge (Frank Zappa); 9. Something in the Air (Thunderclap Newman); 10. Let's Move to Cleveland (Frank Zappa) / Fixing a Hole (The Beatles); 11. Nothing is Easy (Jethro Tull); 12. A Salty Dog (Procol Harum); 13. Shine on Brightly (Procol Harum); 14. Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues) / Moggio (Frank Zappa).

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I Love You (feat Richie Cannata)

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: I Love You (feat. Richie Cannata) Cool Water One Day Be The Sea *BONUS TRACK: Awake (the ambient extended version)

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Article: Album Review

Vinnie Zummo: The Coyote

Read "The Coyote" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist Vinnie Zummo is best known for his long association with singer/songwriter Joe Jackson. He appeared on every Jackson album from Body and Soul (A&M, 1984) through Blaze of Glory (A&M, 1989), returning for The Duke (Razor & Tie Recordings, 2012). The Coyote is mostly original compositions (several of them new arrangements of tunes from earlier ...

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Article: Interview

Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money

Read "Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money" reviewed by Duncan Heining


It's been twenty years since saxophonist-composer-arranger Ed Palermo and his Big Band began playing the music of Frank Zappa. Twenty years, not a lot of bread but a whole lot of love from fans and musicians alike. Oh No! Not Jazz!! on Cuneiform Records marks the band's fourth Zappa album and the third for that remarkable ...

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Article: Interview

Erin Dickins: In Her Own Voice

Read "Erin Dickins: In Her Own Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


It was a long time coming, but for singer Erin Dickins, recording her debut solo album Nice Girls (Champagne Records, 2010) proved well worth the wait.Several musical lifetimes ago, Dickins was a founding member of Manhattan Transfer and appears on their first album, Jukin' (Capitol, 1971). While she has remained close with Tim Hauser, ...

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Article: New York Beat

Erin Dickins: Rediscovering Repertoire

Read "Erin Dickins: Rediscovering Repertoire" reviewed by Nick Catalano


One of the great challenges for any established recording vocalist is finding material. Often, even the best arrangements fall short if the composition is a tired standard that has been recorded to death. Success in this area is rare, so when a debut CD contains one thoughtfully performed obscure gem after another, it is time to ...

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In the Ring

Label: Sons of Sound
Released: 2005
Track listing: Billy's Bounce; Worm; Tequila; 9H5; Journey's End; The Joneses; Minor Mishap; I Can't Get Started; Summertime

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Article: Album Review

Ray Marchica: In the Ring

Read "In the Ring" reviewed by John Kelman


You have to admire itinerant working musicians who manage to put together fresh sounding recording dates that show their broader interests, while at the same time taking care of business. Ray Marchica was the house drummer for the Rosie O'Donnell Show for six years, but while that may have been his bread and butter, he's also ...


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