Ray Brown (12)
Trumpet player, jazz composer, bandleader and teacher Ray Brown earned his trumpet chops touring with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and has played in a variety of groups, including bands fronted by Bill Watrous and Nat Pierce, and with Bill Barry's Los Angeles big band. Locally, Brown played with and conducted the Full Faith and Credit jazz band through three CD projects, and he also wrote most of the music. His Great Big Band debuted in 1997 with Impressions of Point Lobos, a written and executed recording of contemporary big band jazz.
For the past 30 years, Brown has also been an educator and composer, an a jazz instructor at Cabrillo College in Aptos and at UC-Santa Cruz.
Brown teamed up with his wife, Sue Brown (2), also a music educator at Cabrillo College and a classical violinist, to work with trumpeter Roy Hargrove on a project titled "Hargrove with Strings". Sue Brown, concertmaster of the Monterey Jazz Festival's chamber orchestra, led the ensemble backing Hargrove while husband Ray conducted the recording sessions.