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A Big Bama “Howdy” to all my musical friends!

Well, September and October were incredibly busy months around the Ray Reach Studio (aka known as Double-R Studio, aka our living room)! This is just a quick note to keep y’all posted on what’s happening at Double-R Studio and Magic City Music Productions.


Just finished a rhythm section arrangement for Michael Adler at Shades Mountain Baptist Church. I did a little additional writing for the rhythm section on a great new big band arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” co-authored by Michael and Denver Bierman of “Denver and the Mile-High Orchestra”! This chart will be part of Shades Mountain’s annual Christmas Pageant.

Also, I’m continuing on arrangements for CD projects by Dr. Erline Patrick and Edsel Davis.

In addition, I’m nearing completion of a new arrangement of “Tuxedo Junction” for The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All-Star Band with vocals in the style of Take 6. BTW, this group was the opening act on a concert with Take 6 back in December of 2010. You can read more about this awesome student group at:!/pages/Alabama-Jazz-Hall-of-Fame-Student-All-Star-Band/188042224544763

CD productions

I’ve got CD production work progressing for several different clients, including:

  • Dr. Erline Patrick (2 CDs, a religious one and a jazz project)
  • Edsel M. Davis
  • Charla Hammell

  • and, soon, a new CD by Mark Dunn. Fun, Fun, Fun!   I’ll keep y’all posted on the progress.

Fundraising CD for Jazz Education at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

In addition to the above named CD projects, I’m producing a compilation (or “Sampler”) CD featuring well-known jazz artists. This CD will be sold to raise money for my Jazz Education Program at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.  Attached below is a letter which tells more about this project. You can read more about Jazz Ed at AJHoF here:!/pages/Jazz-Education-at-the-Alabama-Jazz-Hall-of-Fame/231331283197

To read the letter, click here.


Here are some gigs I’m playing that I’d like to invite you to:

  • October 26, 2011 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm - Ray Reach Trio - Ona's Music Room
  • November 6, 2011 - 11am to 2pm - Sunday Jazz Brunch at Oscar's Restaurant in the Birmingham Museum of Art
  • November 9, 2011 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm - Ray Reach Trio - Ona's Music Room

Unfortunately, the rest of my November gigs are either out of town or private (or both).  Hope to see y’all at Ona’s and Oscar’s. For a “nearly complete” listing of my gig schedule (nearly complete because I do it myself), go to:

Meanwhile, Straight ahead and strive for tone!


Ray Reach
Pianist / Vocalist / Guitarist /
Arranger / Composer / Producer
CEO, Magic City Music Productions
207 Three Sons Drive
Birmingham, AL 35226
Director of Student Jazz Programs,
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Cellular: 205-960-6328