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Ray Drummond


Ray Drummond Ray "Bulldog" Drummond is one of jazz's busiest session players. His deep, smooth, bass playing has been heard on more than three hundred albums including recordings by Art Farmer, David Murray, Houston Person, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Kevin Mahogany, Toots Thielemans, Benny Golson and Ray Bryant. On his own, Drummond has led three bands -- Excursion, featuring David Sanchez, Craig Handy, Stephen Scott, Mor Thiam and Billy Hart, the Quartet, with Hart, Handy and Stephen Scott and a duo, One On One, shared with Bill Mays. He continues to co-lead the Drummonds, with his brother, Billy, and Renee Rosnes. Moving to New York in 1977, Drummond worked as a session bass player for Betty Carter, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra,Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw, Hank Jones, Jon Faddis, Milt Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Barron, Pharoah Sanders and George Coleman. In addition to working as a sideman, and leading his own bands, Drummond has continued to teach. He currently serves as an assistant professor of jazz, theory and practice at California State University and has conducted master classes at the Berklee College of Music, Purdue University, the University of Massachusetts and the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland.

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