East Coast/Winter Update

Hey peeps – please tune in to BET on Sunday, January 31st, for the Celebration Of Gospel. Led my my DWTS Musical Director, Ray Chew, this show promises to be a night worthy of praise. The musical acts reads like a Who’s Who of gospel music. Don’t miss this show! Check your local listing for time and channel.

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I’m also heading to the East Coast from January 31st for a week of shows with the legendary Sergio Mendes. We’re hoping that Mãe Natureza or Mother Nature as we say in the good ‘ole USA, will cooperate and allow us to travel uninterrupted. For full details and schedule, please check my SHOWS tab. If you can join us, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter

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Welcome 2016!

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I’m so excited about 2016 that it’s not even funny :-) Lots o cool things going on. The studio completion is coming to a close, Winter & Spring gigs are uploaded to my shows tab and the Summer is starting to firm up. Here’s hoping that this new year, for all of us, is a year full of excitement, safety, love, peace & blessings.

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

– Benjamin Franklin
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Merry Christmas 2015!

From my family to yours, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope for nothing but the best for you and your family during this holiday season :-)

Feliz Natal!

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The Voice & Empire

I had a great time on The Voice with Madi Davis. She’s very talented and a sweet girl. I wish all the best as her future looks bright! God bless you Madi :-)

Click on the video below to see our performance on the show –

I was happy & excited to play on the White Hot Holiday Special on Fox Television hosted by Teraji P. Henson & Terrance Howard, stars of the smash hit TV show, Empire. We performed with Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Mary J. Blidge and a host of others.  We had a blast & it was great to be in the presence of so many crazy talented artists. Horns Me & Bil Scott on T&T T&T Chart

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DWTS Season 21 Finale

I can’t believe another season of Dancing With The Stars is over… Incredible how quickly time has flown by especially since I’ve been having so much fun :-) It took a lot of work, but it was exciting and a true honor to be able to create music for people as they journey through a new adventure in their lives. The best part is that I was able to do it with the super-talented men and women of #RayChewLive. Congrats to Bindi & Derek on a great season of dancing and, yes, Bindi actually is as she appears – sweet and beautiful to the core! Special shout out to my brothers in arms in the horn section, Harry Kim on trumpet & Andrew Lippman on trombone.

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Me with one of the singers from the show – the lovely Kelli Sae

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As always, thanks to our Musical Director Ray Chew for his guidance and ability to keep us focused but full of laughter. Here’s to next season!

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NYC Sessions

I had an amazing week in New York recording for my Dancing With The Stars musical director, Ray Chew, who also serves as the musical director for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We recorded at the famed Avatar Studios in Manhattan. I had an great time working with some incredible and legendary New York session musicians. With Ray at the helm, we finished on time and my #DWTS brother Andrew Lippman and I went out to celebrate a week of music with a nice evening of food and a few tasty beverages! Tune in to this year’s parade telecast on NBC television to hear us. Check your local listing for time and channel.

Here are some pics from the sessions & my time in the city –

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Me with trumpet legend Jim Hynes

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This wonderful city inspires me –

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The Horn Section

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Short Update

Hey y’all – All is well. Had an exciting few weeks of hard work and lots-o-fun, which is a combination I love! It can be tiring, but it’s so worth every minute of it. I always find that, if you want to truly live a life of passion, there’s going to be lots of work involved, but the payoff makes the work load a lot lighter. Here are some shots from that time –

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In the studio with my Javier Gonzalez & my DWTS horn section brother Andrew Lippman after a session we did for Damian Marley. These tracks were KILLIN! I can’t wait to hear the finished product. We had a blast :-) Notice how I’m representing my Michigan School of Music…

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With Maestro Sergio Mendes before a show – Love this man!MYXJ_20151010194640_save-01-01

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More to come!!

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Highlights from Brazil

Wow – what a trip! We landed in Rio at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, which is the coolest name for an airport on the planet. If you don’t know who he was, he was the most internationally significant composer of the Bossa Nova era composing a vast number of pieces of music, among which is “Girl From Ipanema“. We performed at the 30th Annual Rock In Rio festival for over 100,000 people. Sergio brought in Carlinhos Brown for a few songs at the end of the show and it was a night to remember! The rest of the week was spent in the studio with Maestro Mendes laying tracks for his upcoming album as he celebrates 50 years of Brazil ’66. He even had me in the studio singing in Portuguese!

Enjoy some pics of the fun and for even more, go to my PHOTO gallery here or follow me on Instagram for even more pics from my time in Brazil. God bless!

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In the studio with Sergio & Guinga

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Sound check on the stage @ Rock In Rio!

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This Just In!!

Today’s rehearsal in Rio with Sergio Mendes & Carlinhos Brown and his crew was something I never experienced before and, I KNOW, the show’s gonna be amazing! If you can’t attend the RockInRio show, but want to be apart of the fun, join us for the live stream from your own home. We’re performing this Saturday, September 26th, at 20:00 or 8:00PM. 8:00PM BRAZILIAN time, is 1 hour ahead of New York/Eastern time and 4 hours ahead of Los Angeles/Pacific time.

The live streaming link is: http://rockinrio.com/aovivo/26/

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I hope you can join us!

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Heading to Brazil!

I can’t even say how excited I am to head to Brazil with Sergio Mendes to play Rock In Rio 2015 this weekend! Rehearsal’s are done and we’re all heading south to Rio de Janeiro for the show. Sergio’s the headliner on Saturday night and Carlinhos Brown is going to join us on a few songs as well so it should be a night to remember :-) For full details on the show, please click HERE. With artists ranging from Rod Stewart, João Donato, Metallica, John Legend, Rihanna, Elton John, Seal, Angelique Kidjo & Richard Bona – Rock In Rio has become one of the biggest music festivals on the planet! We are all so amped for this show – See you in Rio!

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Vejo você no Brasil!
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Dancing With The Stars is BACK!

American’s favorite dance show, Dancing With The Stars, is BACK! With stars ranging from fresh, new social media faces to veteran, legacy artists, Season 21 looks to be tons of fun. The band, Ray Chew Live, is back, the phones and inboxes are all abuzz and we’re super excited about what lies ahead as the music, like the show, is always full of fun and surprises!

It all gets started on Monday, September 14th on ABC Television. Check your local listing for time and channel. Also, don’t forget to check back with me here or follow me on Instagram & Twitter for updates plus fun pics & vids from the set. See you on TV every Monday night! #DWTS

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NYC & Toronto

I’m back home after a great run of shows in New York & Toronto! We landed and I immediately headed out for dinner with my son Michael, who’s in the city for the summer & then we met the rest of my Brazil 2015 brothers and sisters for, what ended up being, an all-night hang which spanned from midtown Manhattan to the Village and then points and jam sessions unknown. Some of us even welcomed the sun as we returned to the hotel…The following night was the show at BB Kings and I was happy to welcome both friends and family to a standing room only show in the heart of the madness that is 42nd Street!

Here are some shots I took while I was there –

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Next we traveled to Toronto and had a lovely day off in one of my favorite cities. It was a warm, summer day and the city was packed with people from all over the western hemisphere in town as part of the festivities for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. It was great to sit there with some friends who flew in for the weekend and people watch. The next day we performed for, what looked to be, about 50,000 people! The whole night ended with a beautiful and festive display of fireworks. It was a good weekend :-)

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2015 Europe Run & more

Well I took a break from the studio build out to go to Europe with Maestro Sergio Mendes & Brazil 2015 for a short run of shows. As always, we had a blast. The thing I most like about this band, other than their incredible talent, is the hang. We all sincerely get along and, when you have to be away from home and the people you love, it always helps if you enjoy the people you tour with – and I do. We played at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. What makes this so special is, most all of the artists stay in the same hotel, which means you run into absolutely everybody the whole time you’re there and the musician hangs are always epic and pretty unforgettable! I had a chance to chat with legendary bassist, Ron Carter, who kindly informed me that, ” I still got a lotta gas left in my tank!”. Kleber Jorge, my Sergio Mendes bandmate, guitarist, composer and solo artist, and I had breakfast with John Patitucci and Marcus Miller, two of the baddest bass players on the planet! We had a fantastic and very inspiration conversation about music and life – and, of course, the bass! But if you’re going to talk about bass, why not do it with two monsters?!

We had a great show that night and then hung out and ran to everybody else’s shows. We saw Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea, Mary J. Blige, Alabama Shakes, Chaka Khan and ended the night by being funked out by D’Angelo! Got back to the hotel about 2:00AM and then the in-hotel jam session, where everybody & anybody joins in – until 5:00AM!! Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep on this trip :-)

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Next we headed to Brussels to play a wonderful theater in Old Brussels. We had another great show and, thanks to a friend and supporter of the band and Brazilian music in general, Fred Polet, we were surprised to see our Facebook profiles full of some great pictures he had taken from the show. Fred co-hosts a radio show about Brazilian music called Brazilian Blend. You can catch their show on Thursdays & Sundays at 9:00PM, Netherlands time, on . Here are just some of the shots he took of us in action –

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Next we head to NYC & Toronto before playing Rock In Rio in September, for which we’re ALL excited! For the full schedule and details, click here or go to my SHOWS  tab up top. While you’re here at the site, sit down, put your feet up and read everything, enjoy the pics in the gallery, follow, like or repost my Studio Blog. Just have a grand ole time! Also, don’t forget to hit me on all the social media sites cuz I’m there too and would love to have you join me in the journey – Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

#Blessings

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Latest Updates

Since returning from the Sergio Mendes Asia Tour I have been, thankfully, very busy. I played at the 2015 Playboy Jazz Festival in a tribute to the late and very great composer Gerald Wilson. Immediately afterwards, my son performed with the Thelonius Monk Institute, where he is a student. Along with his fellow Monk students, this elite group of musicians were honored to perform with their professors Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. To see my son Michael at the Playboy Jazz Festival with two of my heroes was simply amazing. It was a day I will never forget!
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Sergio Mendes 2015 Asia Tour

Huge crowd of almost 30,000 in ‪#‎Seoul‬, All-night Jam Session‬ in ‪#‎Tokyo‬ that kept me out ’til the sun came up, drinking Sake & eating Sumibiyaki ’til 4:00 IN THE MORNING in ‪#‎Osaka‬….. All in all, I had a blast! I’m blessed to work with such great people and share a chance to bring joyful music to people on the other side of the world. #‎GodIsGood‬ ‪#‎ILoveBeingAMusician‬ ‪#‎PraiseGodForSafeTravel‬

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