A report on Ray Reach

Reach (right) with Branford Marsalis

American pianist, vocalist, guitarist, composer, arranger, music producer, and educator, named by AL.com as one of "30 Alabamians who changed jazz history."

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Reach (right) with Branford Marsalis

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Magic City Jazz Orchestra Founding Director Ray Reach (at the piano), performing at Samford University with the SuperJazz Big Band, 2007.

Magic City Jazz Orchestra

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Magic City Jazz Orchestra Founding Director Ray Reach (at the piano), performing at Samford University with the SuperJazz Big Band, 2007.
Pianist Johnny O'Neal performing in concert with SuperJazz. Photo by Ray Reach.
MCJO's founding director Ray Reach (left) with Lou Marini in New York, 2004.

The Magic City Jazz Orchestra (MCJO) is an American jazz ensemble which was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the SuperJazz Big Band (formerly UAB SuperJazz) by Birmingham, Alabama jazz pianist and vocalist Ray Reach.

Marini at the 2007 Hamar Music Festival in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway

Lou Marini

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American saxophonist, arranger, and composer.

American saxophonist, arranger, and composer.

Marini at the 2007 Hamar Music Festival in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway
Left to right: Lou Marini, Ray Reach, and Ernie Stires at a reception following a Carnegie Hall concert, 2004

In 2004, he recorded his first recording as a bandleader, with Ray Reach and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, titled Lou's Blues (2004).

L to R: Steve Ramos, Ray Reach and Lew Soloff backstage at the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Alabama, September 27, 2008

Lew Soloff

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American jazz trumpeter, composer, and actor.

American jazz trumpeter, composer, and actor.

L to R: Steve Ramos, Ray Reach and Lew Soloff backstage at the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Alabama, September 27, 2008

Soloff made frequent guest appearances with jazz orchestras all over the world such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra (directed by Ray Reach).

Lou's Blues

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Big band jazz album by saxophonist Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra recorded at Bates Brothers Recording in Hueytown, Alabama (near Birmingham, Alabama).

Big band jazz album by saxophonist Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra recorded at Bates Brothers Recording in Hueytown, Alabama (near Birmingham, Alabama).

Production duties for the album were shared by Lou Marini and Birmingham, Alabama based jazz musician Ray Reach.

UAB SuperJazz, Featuring Ellis Marsalis

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CD, recorded in 2001 by the SuperJazz Big Band of Birmingham, Alabama with guest piano soloist Ellis Marsalis.

CD, recorded in 2001 by the SuperJazz Big Band of Birmingham, Alabama with guest piano soloist Ellis Marsalis.

9) "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" - Comp. by Michel Legrand and Marilyn and Alan Bergman / Arr. by Ray Reach

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival

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One-day jazz festival which has been presented annually since 2003 in Birmingham's Historic 4th Avenue District downtown.

One-day jazz festival which has been presented annually since 2003 in Birmingham's Historic 4th Avenue District downtown.

2:00pm – 2:45pm Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All Stars, directed by Ray Reach

Birmingham–Southern College

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Private college in Birmingham, Alabama.

Private college in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ginkgo Tree by Munger Hall
Edwards Bell Tower and the academic quad
Stephens Science Center
Lakeview Dorm South
Urban Environmental Park

Ray Reach – Jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, composer, producer and educator. Director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Hugh Thomas (choral conductor)

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American choral conductor, pianist and educator, perhaps best remembered for his role as conductor of the Concert Choir of Birmingham–Southern College , a liberal arts college located in Birmingham, Alabama.

American choral conductor, pianist and educator, perhaps best remembered for his role as conductor of the Concert Choir of Birmingham–Southern College , a liberal arts college located in Birmingham, Alabama.

A list of notable students of Hugh Thomas includes Ray Reach, former instructor of music technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and director of the UAB Jazz Ensemble, currently Director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

W. C. Handy Music Festival

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Held annually in Florence, Alabama, sponsored by the Music Preservation Society, Inc., in honor of Florence native W. C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues."

Held annually in Florence, Alabama, sponsored by the Music Preservation Society, Inc., in honor of Florence native W. C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues."

The roster of jazz musicians, known as the "Festival All-Stars," or the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars, includes noted musicians from all over the United States, such as guitarist Mundell Lowe, guitarist Lloyd Wells, drummer Bill Goodwin, pianist / vocalist Johnny O'Neal, vibraphonist Chuck Redd, trumpeter Ken Watters, pianist / vocalist Ray Reach (Director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame), and flutist Holly Hofmann.