Ray Reach

Ray Reach
Ray Reach

Reach (right) with Branford Marsalis. (Photo by Claudia Reach.)
Background information
Birth name Raymond Everett Reach, Jr.
Born August 3, 1948 (1948-08-03) (age 63)
Origin Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Genres Jazz, classical, pop, R & B, gospel, contemporary Christian, country
Occupations Pianist, vocalist, guitarist, arranger, composer, producer, educator
Instruments Keyboards, guitar, vocals
Years active 1964–present
Associated acts Lou Marini, Lew Soloff, Chuck Redd, Chuck Leavell, Chaka Kahn, Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Magic City Jazz Orchestra
SuperJazz Big Band
Night Flight Big Band
Cleveland Eaton and the Alabama All-Stars
W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars
Ray Reach and Friends
Website http://www.rayreach.com
Notable instruments
Straight-ahead jazz piano, Sinatra-style vocals

Raymond Everett Reach, Jr. (born August 3, 1948)[1] is an American pianist, vocalist and educator residing in Birmingham, Alabama, now serving as Director of Student Jazz Programs for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, director of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars and President and CEO of Ray Reach Music[2] and Magic City Music Productions.[3] In addition, he is an accomplished guitarist, arranger, composer, conductor and music producer. Although he has composed, arranged and performed in a variety of genre (including classical, pop, R & B, gospel, contemporary Christian and jazz), he is perhaps best known for his work in the jazz idiom, combining straight-ahead jazz piano stylings with Sinatra-style vocals.[4] Like many male jazz vocalists, such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Mel Torme, Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Bublé, Ray's repertoire centers around the classic popular standards and jazz standards of the Great American Songbook. However, Ray differs from many of his jazz vocal colleagues in the fact that he does most of his own arrangements and accompanies himself on the piano.


Early years

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Ray is the only child of Erma Elizabeth Hillman (a beautician) and Raymond Everett Reach, Sr. (a coal miner). Reach began piano lessons at age 6, studying with Giula Williams of E. E. Forbes and Sons Piano Company in Birmingham. Later, he studied piano with Carolyn Pfau and Hugh Thomas at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music.[5] Ray attended Minor High School[6] near Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama, among others. At Birmingham-Southern, Ray studied voice with renowned New York City Opera baritone Andrew Gainey,[7] and studied piano with Sam Howard of the concert piano duo, Hodgens and Howard.[8] At the University of Alabama (1977–1980), he served as graduate assistant to noted jazz educator Steve Sample, Sr, directing the award winning Jazz Ensemble B, and playing piano in and arranging for Jazz Ensemble A. During his time at the University of Alabama, ASCAP presented Ray with the Raymond Hubbell Musical Scholarship, for his contributions to jazz and popular music in America.

Jazz and computer music education

Ray has been an active jazz educator since the early 1970s. While attending Birmingham-Southern College, he created a series of jazz workshops which were hosted by the music department. He has taught jazz courses and computer music (MIDI) courses and workshops at numerous colleges, including Cedar Valley College in Dallas, Texas, Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Montevallo, the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas and others. In the late 1970s, Ray was chosen by noted jazz educator Steve Sample, Sr to be the first ever graduate teaching assistant in the jazz program at the University of Alabama. From 1998 to 2005, Ray was instructor of jazz and music technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and director of the UAB Jazz Ensemble.[9] He is currently (2005 to present) Director of Student Jazz Programs for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (AJHoF). As part of his duties at AJHoF, he directs the Alabama Jazz hall of Fame Student All-Star Band. He has also served as a faculty member of the W. C. Handy Jazz Camp, and is a regular featured performer at the W. C. Handy Music Festival and a member of the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars. In addition, Reach directs the Fun With Jazz Educational Program, which was originated through the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts, and is now offered through the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Ray has been involved with synthesizers (and later) computer-produced music since 1969, when he purchased his first Mini Moog. With the advent of MIDI, he worked in research and development for Systems Design Associates, Inc. of Dallas, Texas, makers of MIDI music software. Later, he co-founded the American MIDI Users Group (AMUG), which was based at the Dallas Infomart.

Notable students

As a jazz educator, Ray has taught a number of notable musicians, including:

Recent alumni of Ray's UAB Jazz Ensemble include noted Birmingham Gospel pianist Arthur Beard, pianist / keyboardist Coleman Woodson[17] and drummer Tim George of Just A Few Cats,[18] the band which gave American Idol Ruben Studdard his entry into the Birmingham music scene. While Mr. Reach was director of the UAB Jazz Ensemble, Studdard often sat in on his rehearsals.[19]

Left to Right: Ray Reach, Carla Stovall, Trey Anastasio (of Phish)and Lou Marini at a reception following a Carnegie Hall concert, 2004

Performing, conducting, composing and arranging

Ray is a pianist, singer, guitarist, arranger and composer. His skills span numerous musical and stylistic genre, including classical, jazz, R & B, contemporary pop, gospel and country.[20]

Left to Right: Ellis Marsalis, John Nuckols and Ray Reach, after a concert at the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, Alabama, November 4, 2007.
Ray Reach and Eric Marienthal, after a concert at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jazz and Pop

Ray is a member of several active performing and recording groups, including the Magic City Jazz Orchestra (of which he is the founding director), the Ray Reach Orchestra, the Night Flight Big Band [21] and Cleveland Eaton and the Alabama Allstars.[22] He leads his own group, Ray Reach and Friends,[23] and is a former member of the SuperJazz Big Band[24] (formerly UAB SuperJazz), which was the first performing musical ensemble connected with the UAB Department of Music. Ray has performed with and arranged for numerous notable jazz and pop musicians and ensembles, including Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack Sheldon, Mike Williams (lead trumpeter for the Count Basie Orchestra), Leonard Candelaria (noted classical trumpeter and educator), singer Al Jarreau, singer Natalie Cole, Lou Marini, Ellis Marsalis, Cleveland Eaton, Gary Burton, Chuck Redd, Mundell Lowe, Lloyd Wells, Bill Goodwin, Lew Soloff, Birch Johnson, Jonathan Butler, Jack Petersen, Galen Jeter's Dallas Jazz Orchestra (later known as Dallas' Original Jazz Orchestra[25]) (DOJO), The Auburn Knights Orchestra, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, Ladies' Night Out,[26] vocalist Kathy Kosins, vocalist Annie Sellick,[27] vocalist Bethany Smith Staelens,[28] the Temptations Review, featuring Dennis Edwards and Chaka Khan with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. During his seven years as director of the UAB Jazz Ensemble (1998–2005), Ray wrote a large percentage of the music that the band played, including 147 big band arrangements and numerous others for vocal groups and jazz combos. His catalogue of arrangements and compositions numbers over a thousand pieces, including arrangements for solo jazz piano, jazz duo, jazz trio, jazz quartet, quintet, sextet, septet, octette, nonette and big band, as well as string quartet, choral ensembles and piano plus string quartet.[29]

Festival Appearances

Ray has appeared regularly at numerous music festivals, including the W. C. Handy Music Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Mobile Jazz Festival, the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Birmingham's City Stages festival, and the Denton Jazz Festival, to name a few.

Vocal and choral music

Ray has been a singer all his life, and has been an active choral conductor for more than 35 years. His first public performance was at age four, singing a spiritual song at his home church, Minor United Methodist, near Birmingham. His love for choral music began at Dixie Junior High School, where he sang in the choir under Tom Pinion, and later at Minor High School, under John Fowler. He began formal voice lessons at age 15 with Andrew Gainey at Birmingham-Southern College and later entered Birmingham-Southern as a voice major, planning to pursue a career as a professional singer. To this day, Ray refers to his singing, among the many musical skills he possesses, as the "...best thing he does musically..."[1]

During his college undergraduate years, Ray began his choral directing career at Village Falls United Methodist Church. Following this, he was a paid singer at Fairview United Methodist Church, then later was choir director at Norwood United Methodist Church. Subsequently, he sang at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham[30] (under Sam Owens and later under Hugh Thomas) and was baritone soloist and choir singer at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham[31] under noted choirmaster and organist Joseph Schreiber.[32] He also sang in performances with Birmingham Civic Opera,[33] and, while at Birmingham-Southern, sang lead roles in operas such as The Telephone, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and others. Ray has held numerous positions as Music Minister and singer at churches in Birmingam and Dallas, Texas, including Community Church (Dallas) (7 years), First Presbyterian Church of Dallas (3 years), Independent Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Alabama, First Presbyterian Church of Bessemer, Alabama (2.5 years) and St. Francis Episcopal Church in Pelham, Alabama (7 years). He has written numerous choral arrangements and compositions and has produced two CD recordings for internationally known choral composer and conductor K. Lee Scott.

During his seven years at St. Francis Epicopal Church, Ray blended styles of music to create a very unique worship music experience. He employed great traditional hymns, classical music, praise and worship choruses, contemporary Christian songs, and sacred music by jazz composers such as Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck. Special liturgical music presentations often featured renowned jazz artists, such as Lou Marini, Lew Soloff and Cleveland Eaton.

Ray has taught choral music in schools in Dallas, Texas and in the Birmingham, Alabama area. In the Birmingham area, he was choral director at Minor High School (1991–1993) and at Montevallo and Calera High Schools (1993–1994). His high school choral groups won "superior" ratings (the highest award) at every county and state choral competition in which they participated.

In 2000, Ray participated in the premier performance of a new jazz mass called "Requiem for the Millennium," by composer Gary Hallquist. The piece was commissioned by the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and was given its debut performance on Good Friday at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. The piece was performed by a 200 voice choir, accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and featured the Lou Marini Jazz Quartet, with Marini on woodwinds, Robert Dickson on bass, Steve Sample, Jr on drums and Ray Reach on piano.

Ray has written arrangements for numerous choral ensembles, including the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the choirs of Shades Mountain Baptist Church[34] in Birmingham, Alabama, the jazz vocal group Ladies' Night Out[35] and the Hilltop Singers of Birmingham-Southern College. In the gospel and contemporary Christian music world, Ray has written arrangements for artists such as Jonathan Butler, Anetta Nunn[36] and the group Joylight, the resident ensemble at Community Church in Dallas, Texas. Reach contributed arrangements to Butler's 2007 CD and DVD, which was titled "Gospel Goes Classical," and rose to number 2 on the Billboard Gospel charts, and number 3 on the Classical Crossover charts nationally. The recording, produced by Henry Panion, featured Butler, along with Juanita Bynum, a 100+ voice gospel choir and full symphony orchestra, recorded at the Alys Stephens Center.


Ray has done arrangements and transcriptions for many classical artists and orchestras. Orchestras and other classical ensembles he has written for include the Birmingham Metropolitan Orchestra (which featured members of the Alabama Symphony), the Gospel Goes Classical Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony and the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony. Other ensembles and artists who have commissioned his arrangements include the Texas Saxophone Quartet, the Texas Baroque Ensemble, the Southern Methodist University Orchestra, and trumpeter Leonard Candelaria.

Musical theatre

For several consecutive years, Ray was commissioned to write arrangements for the annual Induction Gala of the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame. In this period of time, this hall of fame has inducted such luminaries as Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Hugh Martin, Dean Jones, George Lindsey, Fannie Flagg, Talullah Bankhead and others. He has also arranged and music directed productions for Theatre Tuscaloosa, including And The World Goes 'Round and 1776. As a conductor, Ray has been musical director for numerous Broadway-style shows. For example, at Samford University he was musical director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (by Andrew Lloyd Webber), Into The Woods (by Stephen Sondheim) and the Southeastern premier of Children of Eden (by Stephen Schwartz).

As a composer, Ray has written and arranged five Broadway-style musicals for Birmingham Children's Theatre.[37] These are listed as follows:

  • Rumplestiltskin[38]
  • The Perfect Prince,
  • The Bravo Bus
  • Backstage Baby
  • Tuxedo Junction

In addition, Reach has written an opera titled The Wooden Donkey, and numerous choral compositions.

Commercial jingle production

While living in Dallas, Texas (1983–1991), Ray also wrote and produced commercial jingles and film and video scores, for clients such as United Airlines, Mercedes-Benz, various radio stations and many others.

Left to Right: Lou Marini, Ray Reach and the late Ernie Stires at a reception following a Carnegie Hall concert which featured the music of Trey Anastasio and Ernie Stires, 2004.


His compositions are greatly influenced by J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, Frederick Chopin, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans and Igor Stravinsky. His jazz piano and vocal stylings draw from diverse influences, including: pianists Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea, and vocalists Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Jon Hendricks, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Johnny Hartman. As to his arranging role models, Ray names Hugh Martin (from Birmingham, Alabama, an alumnus of Ray's alma mater Birmingham-Southern College), Johnny Mandel, Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, Henry Mancini, Sammy Nestico, Billy May, Steve Sample, Sr, Thad Jones and Gil Evans, among many others. Over the last few years, Ray became friends with the late Ernie Stires, pianist, composer and mentor to Trey Anastasio of the rock group Phish. Together, they have planned recordings of Ernie's music, which as of yet have not come to fruition.

Music production

Ray is president of the Birmingham, Alabama based music production company, Magic CIty Music Productions. He learned music production skills by working with and observing the great producers he worked for over the years in various studios around the Southeast, including (in Birmingham) Sound of Birmingham,[39] Boutwell Studios,[40] Bates Brothers Recording,[41] Audiostate 55 Recording Studio,[42] Prestige Productions and PolyMusic Recording; in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area: Quinvy Studios, FAME Studios; and in the Dallas, Texas area: Sound Logic Recording, Goodnight Audio,[43] Sound Southwest, Crystal Clear Sound,[44] T M Communications,[45] Toby Arnold and Associates,[46] Zimmersmith Productions, Dallas Sound Lab[47] and others. His association with highly skilled producers and engineers in recording studios in Birmingham, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville and other cities, such as Ed Boutwell,[48] Gaston Nichols,[49] Noah White, Kenny Wallis, Eric Bates,[50] Mark Harrelson, Chet Bennett,[51] Phil York,[52] Danny Brown[disambiguation needed ], Blake English, James Bevelle, John Conner, Jr., Dan Rudin[53] and Barry Beckett[54] (of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) and others proved invaluable. His studio experience, along with his knowledge of synthesizers and MIDI technology prepared him well for the classes in music technology which he taught in various venues. His particular combination of musical and technological skills are considered by many of his peers to be rare. One of Ray's primary role models in his production career is noted musician Quincy Jones.[55]

Left to Right: Ray Reach, trumpeter Ken Watters, bassist Jim Ferguson, drummer Bill Goodwin and guitarist Tom Wolfe at the 2008 W C Handy Music Festival in Florence Alabama
Left to Right: Ray Reach, Chuck Leavell and Peter Wolf at the 2008 BAMA Awards in Birmingham, Alabama.

Recent and Upcoming Performances

In January 2008, Ray performed as guest artist with the Howard Paul Trio[56] at the famed Jazz Corner[57] on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

On March 20, 2008, at the behest of Chuck Leishman, publisher of The Birmingham Weekly,[58] Ray directed the house band at the 2008 Birmingham Area Music Awards.[59] The house band, known collectively as The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars, accompanied noted BAMA Award recipients Chuck Leavell and Peter Wolf.[60]

From July 20 through July 26, 2008, Ray performed at the W. C. Handy Music Festival, alongside noted jazz players such as guitarist Mundell Lowe, drummer Bill Goodwin, trumpeter Ken Watters, guitarist Lloyd Wells and saxophonists Kelley O'Neal and Rick Bell.[61] This was Ray's sixth year to perform at this annual festival, which this year hosted almost 300 events in a 7 day period.

On August 21, 2008, Ray was featured on the "Tapestry" radio show, hosted by Greg Bass on WBHM Radio 90.3 FM in Birmingham, Alabama. The show airs every Thursday at 6:30pm Central Time.[62]

On September 27, 2008, The Ray Reach Quartet, featuring saxophonist Gary Wheat, drummer Steve Ramos, Count Basie bassist Cleveland Eaton, with guest, New York trumpeter Lew Soloff, appeared at the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.[63]

On October 3 and 4, 2008, The Ray Reach Trio appeared before very appreciative crowds at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina.[64]

On March 28, 2009, in his role as Director of Student Jazz Programs for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, was one of the hosts of the Hall of Fame's 7th Annual Student Jazz Band Festival. This year's guest clinician / performers included pianist Bill Carrothers and saxophonist Eric Marienthal.

From July 19 through July 25, 2009, Ray appeared at the W. C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, Alabama, sharing the stage with Bill Goodwin, Rick Bell, Sonny Harris, Ken Watters, Jim Ferguson, Robert Dickson, Mundell Lowe and others.

March 25–27, 2010, in his role as Director of Student Jazz Programs for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, was one of the hosts of the Hall of Fame's 8th Annual Student Jazz Band Festival. This year's guest clinician was drummer T. S. Monk.

From July 25 through July 31, 2010, Ray appeared at the W. C. Handy Music Festival in Florence, Alabama, sharing the stage with Bill Goodwin, Gary Wheat, Sonny Harris, Ken Watters, Jim Ferguson, Mundell Lowe and others.

Partial discography

As pianist / keyboardist, arranger, vocalist and producer:

  • Ellis Marsalis and the SuperJazz Big Band.[24] "UAB SuperJazz, Featuring Ellis Marsalis" (2001) (co-produced with Henry Panion), recorded at the Alys Stephens Center.
  • Ray Reach and Friends.[65] "Especially For You" (1994). Jazz quartet
  • Ray Reach and Friends. "Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas" (2005). Jazz quartet, recorded at CBS Recording Studio[66]
  • Janet Rubino. "Worthy Sparrow." (2005) A colloection of Christian songs and service music by singer / songwriter Janet Rubino
  • Joylight. "Let There Be Love" (1990) Inspirational music. Produced by Ray Reach and Michael Loveless
  • Bo Rivers. "Country Blue" (1986) Country music. Produced by Ray Reach.
  • Bo Rivers. "She Just Keeps On Lovin' You" (1986) Country music. Produced by Ray Reach.
  • Bo Rivers. "Broken Promises" (1986) Country music. Produced by Ray Reach.

As producer:

  • K. Lee Scott. "Christmastide" (2003). Choral music by one of America's premier choral conductor/composers.
  • K. Lee Scott. "Requiem" (2006). Choral music.
  • Uncle Bud's Lectro Wood Experience. Comedic Bluegrass. Production assistance and musician contracting by Ray Reach. Recorded at Bates Brothers Recording[41] and at the studio of John Conner, Jr. in Brentwood, Tennessee. Glen Duncan[67] on fiddle.[68]

As arranger:

  • Jonathan Butler and Juanita Bynum with the Gospel Goes Classical Orchestra. "Gospel Goes Classical"[69] (2006). Recorded live at the Alys Stephens Center. Produced by Henry Panion. #2 Gospel Album in the US. #3 in the Billboard Classical Crossover category. Orchestral arrangements by Ray Reach.
  • Anetta Nunn[70] (Birmighham Police Chief) "Gospel In Blues"[71] (2007). Produced by Henry Panion. Horn arrangements by Ray Reach.
  • Alabama Blues Machine.[72] "Must Be Love". (2008) Produced by Ross Roberts. Horn arrangements by Ray Reach.

As keyboardist and arranger:

  • Dick's Hat Band. "Got The Whole Town Talkin'" (1995) Produced by Ross Roberts. Classic R & B. Chuck Tilley, Drums. Horn arrangements by Ray Reach. Hammond B-3 played by Ray Reach.

As Keyboardist:

  • Little Jimmy Reed. "School's Out" Produced by Ross Roberts. Blues. Hammond B-3 played by Ray Reach.
  • Mark Sallings.[73] (1995) "Let It Be Known - Mark Sallings and the Famous Unknowns" Virtuoso blues harmonica player Mark Sallings. B-3 played by Ray Reach.
  • Mark Sallings. (1996) "Talkin' To Myself" Virtuoso blues harmonica player Mark Sallings. B-3 played by Ray Reach. The Famous Unknowns were the house band at B. B. King's in Memphis from 1991 to 1994.
  • Gary Hallquist, composer. "Requiem for the Millineum" Commissioned by the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

As producer, arranger and keyboardist:

  • Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra. "Lou's Blues" (2001) Liner notes by Bob Belden.[74]
  • Eric Essix[75] and the Night Flight Big Band.[21] "SuperBlue." (2006). Jazz guitarist Eric Essix, featuring guest saxophonist Lou Marini.[76]
  • Amy Drinkwater.[77] "With All My Heart - A Journey to the Soul." (2005), Christian jazz vocals, recorded at Bates Brothers Recording Studio[78]
  • Mark Dunn.[79] "For The Good Times" (2008). Classic pop, featuring saxophonist Mark Dunn
  • Roszetta Johnson. "Christmas Songs With A Touch Of Jazz" (2008). All Arrangements by Ray Reach, with vocals by Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee, Roszetta Johnson.[80]

As producer, arranger, keyboardist, vocalist and guitarist:

  • James Clark[81] "Count On Me" (1997). Original songs by singer / songwriter James Clark, recorded at Bates Brothers Recording Studio. Features Don Jones (bass), Steve Sample, Jr (drums), Ray Reach (keyboards, guitar and arrangements), Ross Roberts (guitar), Wayne Perkins (guitar) and the Tuscaloosa Horns[82]
  • Dr. Dan "Harpdog" Marson. "Blues, Gospel and Jazz Harmonica." (1999) Produced by Ray Reach.
  • Chuck "Doc" Snow. "Pray For Me." (2006) Produced and arranged by Ray Reach. Features Ray Reach on vocals, guitar and keyboards and Wayne Perkins on guitars and vocals.[83]

As producer, composer, arranger and conductor:

  • UAB Jazz Ensemble[84] "UAB Jazz Ensemble, Volume 1," (2005) A collection of jazz orchestra arrangements, including the classic "Cotton Tail" by Duke Ellington and original compositions and arrangements by Eric Essix and Ray Reach. Featuring guest artists Ken Watters and Eric Essix[85]

As keyboardist, arranger and vocalist:

As producer, composer, arranger, keyboardist and vocalist:

  • Ray Reach and Various Artists: "Mr President," (Dallas, Texas production - 1989) A song written and produced for the purpose of benefitting the homeless in the Dallas area. Artists and studios who donated their time and efforts to make this record include: Star Search winner Benita Arteberry, the Dallas Symphony Chorus under the direction of Ron Shirey, Sumet-Burnet Recording, Sound Logic Recording and choral students from the Richardson Texas School District (under the direction of Glenda Casey). Song composed by Michael Loveless, Joe Sterling and Ray Reach.
  • Ray Reach and Various Artists: "Mr President," (Birmingham, Alabama production - 1993) A new production of the song, done by Alabama talent, benefitting the homeless in the Birmingham area. Artists and studios who donated their time and efforts to make this record include: choral students from Jefferson County schools, Chuck Leavell (Keyboards), Charlie Hayward (Bass), Chuck Tilley (Drums), Kelley O'Neal (Sax), Wayne Perkins (Guitar), Front Row Productions[86] and Airwave Production Group[87] The promotion of the song was done as a project of the marketing classes of Minor High School[88] and by Rob and Shannon[89] of Magic 96 FM in Birmingham.

"Mr. President" on HBO

Following the 1989 Dallas production of the "Mr. President" (See listing above), the song was featured on HBO's Comic Relief special. On this show, the song was performed by singers Natalie Cole and Al Jarreau, along with New York City public school choral students and a band led by saxophonist Tom Scott. The show was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.

CDs Produced by Ray Reach


Pop / R & B:

Contemporary Christian:

Classical Sacred:

See also


  1. ^ a b Ray Reach Profile at AllAboutJazz.com
  2. ^ Ray Reach Music at BhamWiki.com
  3. ^ Magic City Music Productions
  4. ^ Brown, Angela: "Birmingham Beat - Uncovering the Local Music Scene", Birmingham Magazine, March, 2006, p. 121
  5. ^ Birmingham Conservatory of Music at Bhamwiki.com
  6. ^ Minor High School at Bhamwiki.com
  7. ^ Andrew Gainey
  8. ^ Hodgens and Howard at Uab.edu
  9. ^ UAB Jazz Ensemble at Bhamwiki.com
  10. ^ Beth Gottlieb's Bio at the Lt. Dan Band Website
  11. ^ Mark Lanter
  12. ^ Jay Frederick
  13. ^ Chris Gordon
  14. ^ Dave Miller
  15. ^ Bethany Borg Music on Myspace.com
  16. ^ Act Of Congress on Myspace.com
  17. ^ Coleman Woodson
  18. ^ Just A Few Cats
  19. ^ http://www.idolmarketplace.com/contestants/season2/ruben-studdard/
  20. ^ Listen to Ray Reach music
  21. ^ a b Night Flight Big Band
  22. ^ Cleveland Eaton and the Alabama All-Stars
  23. ^ Ray Reach and Friends
  24. ^ a b SuperJazz Big Band
  25. ^ Dallas' Original Jazz Orchestra
  26. ^ Ladies' Night Out
  27. ^ Annie Sellick
  28. ^ Bethany Smith Staelens Webpage
  29. ^ Listen to Ray Reach's Compositions and Arrangements
  30. ^ First United Methodist Church of Birmingham
  31. ^ Independent Presbyterian Church
  32. ^ Joseph Schreiber
  33. ^ Birmingham Civic Opera
  34. ^ Shades Mountain Baptist Church
  35. ^ Ladies' Night Out
  36. ^ Anetta Nunn
  37. ^ Birmingham Children's Theatre
  38. ^ Rumplestiltskin
  39. ^ Sound of Birmingham
  40. ^ Boutwell Studios
  41. ^ a b Bates Brothers Recording
  42. ^ Audiostate 55 Recording Studio
  43. ^ Goodnight Audio
  44. ^ Crystal Clear Sound
  45. ^ T M Communications
  46. ^ Toby Arnold and Associates
  47. ^ Dallas Sound Lab
  48. ^ Ed Boutwell
  49. ^ Gaston Nichols
  50. ^ Eric Bates
  51. ^ Chet Bennett
  52. ^ Phil York
  53. ^ Dan Rudin
  54. ^ Barry Beckett
  55. ^ Listen to Ray Reach's Music Productions
  56. ^ Howard Paul Trio
  57. ^ Jazz Corner
  58. ^ The Birmingham Weekly
  59. ^ Birmingham Area Music Awards(the "BAMA" awards)
  60. ^ Peter Wolf and the BAMA Awards
  61. ^ Rick Bell
  62. ^ Interview with Ray Reach on "Tapestry" on WBHM Radio, Birmingham, AL
  63. ^ Taste of Fourth Avenue Jazz Festival
  64. ^ Ray Reach at The Jazz Corner
  65. ^ Ray Reach and Friends at CDBaby.com
  66. ^ CBS Recording Studios
  67. ^ Glen Duncan
  68. ^ Uncle Bud
  69. ^ "Gospel Goes Classical"
  70. ^ Annetta Nunn
  71. ^ "Gospel In Blues"
  72. ^ Alabama Blues Machine Official Website
  73. ^ Mark Sallings
  74. ^ Magic City Jazz Orchestra
  75. ^ Eric Essix
  76. ^ "Superblue" by Eric Essix and the Night Flight Big Band at CDBaby.com
  77. ^ Amy Drinkwater
  78. ^ Bates Brothers Recording Studio
  79. ^ Mark Dunn
  80. ^ Roszetta Johnson at CDbaby.com
  81. ^ James Clark.
  82. ^ Tuscaloosa Horns.
  83. ^ Doc Snow.
  84. ^ UAB Jazz Ensemble:
  85. ^ Eric Essix.
  86. ^ Front Row Productions
  87. ^ Airwave Productions Group.
  88. ^ Minor High School
  89. ^ Rob and Shannon

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