Ray Gennari’s Music Bio

Biography

Versatility would have to be the one word to describe Ray’s musical career. Since becoming a professional musician at the age of 18, he has played in groups spanning the whole range of musical genres; from symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, reggae, blues, and rock bands, and virtually everything in between. He has toured extensively as a trombonist, bassist, guitarist, and keyboardist, and has performed with Roomful of Blues, the Drifters, the Marvelettes, Badfish, Irma Thomas, the Platters, the Coasters, Stanley Jordan, and countless others. He has also shared stages with legends such as Bob Dylan, James Brown, Willie Nelson, The Wailers, Taj Mahal, Etta James, George Clinton, Mavis Staples, and many more.
As a member of Roomful of Blues’ legendary horn section, Ray won multiple W.C. Handy awards for “Blues Instrumentalist of the Year”. He also works closely with the renowned Lustre Kings Productions, appearing as a bassist, trombonist, and co-writer on albums for many artists. Ray has played with over 100 bands in the Rhode Island area, and is currently working with the Ravers, a reggae band from Newport, RI, and is the creative force behind Gumption and Glory. Ray produces and engineers for other artists at The Rocktorium of Love in West Kingston, RI, and was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2012, as part of its inaugural class.

Selected Discography

INSTRUMENT            ALBUM                                     ARTIST
trombone                 Watch You When You Go            Roomful of Blues
trombone                 Live at Wolf Trap                       Roomful of Blues
bass,trombone          The Future                               Turbulence
bass, trombone         Know the Road                         Norrisman
bass, trombone         Time and Place                         Lutan Fyah
bass, trombone         Joy Bells Ringing                       Al Pancho
bass, trombone         Babylon Nightmare                   Jahdan Blakkamoore
guitar, tbone, keys     Live at the Higher Ground         Badfish
bass, trombone         Calling All Jah Children              Luster Kings
bass, guitar, tbone     Songs From the Back Porch       Scotty Don’t
trombone, bass         No Vacancy                              Scotty Don’t
bass, trombone         The Ravers                               The Ravers
bass, trombone         Infinite Quality                         Midnite- Lustre Kings
guitar,bone, bass       20 Penny Nail                           The Indestructibles
bass, trombone         Best of (2002-06)                     Lustre Kings
bass                         Ltd Edition w/ All the Options     Ted Stevens and 383’s
bass, gtr, keys           Exit Zero                                  Ted Stevens Band
trombone                  One Man                                  Mark Messam

Posted: January 4th, 2011
at 4:54am by admin

 


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