The Godfather of Swing Mr Ray Gelato has been taking his special brand of swing, jazz and
R&B music all over the world since 1988. This multi-talented singer, saxman, songwriter and
band leader has appeared at festivals, clubs and concert stages from Brazil to New York City.
Ray and his world class band The Giants deliver a high energy show that never fails to get a
crowd on its feet. The band perform with the highest level of musicianship with The Giants horn
section being acclaimed as one of the finest in the business.
The legendary Ray Gelato and his band have had an illustrious and very successful career,
including a long-established residency at London’s world-famous Ronnie Scott’s, where the
band appears every Christmas. This must-see event is always a sell-out. He has also performed
for the late HM The Queen (twice), opened for Robbie Williams at the Albert Hall, and was
chosen to play at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding. In addition the band have played most of the
top jazz festivals including Montreal, The Lincoln Centre in New York and numerous
appearances at Umbria Jazz in Italy . Ray has also played some of the most prestigious clubs
in the world including Birdland in New York and The Blue Note in Milan.
Highlights of 2023 included concerts at The Blue Note in Milan Umbria Jazz’s 50th
anniversary, Ronnie Scott’s Christmas season and Umbria Winter Jazz in Orvieto.
Ray’s original song Ding Ding was recently featured in the movie Lamborghini and the TV
series The Godfather of Harlem.
A new album “ Live At Ronnie Scott’s ” will be released later this year.
Ray Gelato Giants
The band has 10 albums to their name and continue to work at sold out venues all over the world.
"Not for nothing is Gelato known as The Godfather of Swing, a sheer delight" - Daily Telegraph
"Awesome band"- Van Morrison
"He plays what he means and he means what he plays"- Jools Holland
Line up :
Ray Gelato - Vocals and Tenor Sax
Danny Marsden - Trumpet
Andy Rogers - Trombone
Olly Wilby - Tenor and Alto sax
Gunther Kurmayr- Piano
Manuel Alvarez- Double Bass
Ed Richardson - Drums