...one can go on and on about such a gifted player as Ray. Suffice to say that he challenges the resources of his ax with a fully developed and mature style, distinguised by subtleties of warmth and artistry... George W. Carroll, ejazznews.com
Guitarist Jeff Ray presently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As a resident of Harlem, New York City, Ray could be seen playing regularly at venues such as St. Nick's Pub, Jimmy's Uptown, Perk's, PJ's, the Robin's Nest, Showmans, the Sugar Bar, the Gishen Café, Londel's, Canaan Baptist Church, Creole, the Den, 22 West and Copeland's. Ray has performed at numerous East Coast and Midwest venues of note, including the Zinc Bar, 55 Bar, the Supper Club, the Blue Note, Cleopatra's Needle, Nell's, Joe's Pub, the Groove and Soul Café in New York City, Blues Alley and Twins Jazz in Washington, DC, Ortlieb's Jazzhaus in Philadelphia, Murphy's Place and Rusty's Jazz Café in Toledo, and Night Town in Cleveland.
Ray maintains a longstanding affiliation with The Onus, a straight-ahead quintet he fronts along with Baltimore-based clarinetist/bandleader Darryl Harper, who is a fellow Rutgers alumnus. He has recorded three CDs with The Onus, whose members boast affiliations with such jazz luminaries as Lou Donaldson, the late Al Grey, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans, and the late Shirley Scott. Ray's distinctive compositional voice was captured on The Onus's second CD, Reoccurring Dream, to which he contributed two noteworthy compositions, including the title track.
Since moving to Las Vegas, Ray has played regularly at Mandalay Bay, the Wynn, the Bellagio, the MGM, the Palazzo, the Paris, the Excalibur, the Stratosphere… Along with working with Boyz 2 Men, "Mamma Mia," "the Lion King," "Vegas, the Show" and "Sinatra, Dance With Me," Ray has been in the show "Jersey Boys" since 2011.
Jeff Ray teaches jazz guitar performance at unlv. He is endorsed by Neil Smith's Custom Guitar Shop and Dean Markley Strings.