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Rayse Biggs, trumpeter extraordinaire Appearing at N-Motion Entertainment’s ‘Jazz After Dark’

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Rayse Biggs, trumpeter extraordinaire Appearing at N-Motion Entertainment’s ‘Jazz After Dark’

Time: May 18, 2013 at 8pm to May 19, 2013 at 2am
Location: The Club Sport and Health, JT's @ The Club
Street: One Racquet Lane
City/Town: Monroeville, PA 15146
Website or Map: http://www.theclubmonroeville…
Phone: 412-567-2804
Event Type: jazz, music, and, dj
Organized By: Terri L. Thomas
Latest Activity: May 15, 2013

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Event Description

Rayse Biggs, trumpeter extraordinaire, will be appearing at N-Motion Entertainment’s ‘Jazz After Dark’ event on May 18, 2013 at The Club Sport and Health, JT's @ The Club, One Racquet Lane | Monroeville, PA  15146 at 8:00 pm.

 

 Rayse Biggs' sound is described as "lots of rich tones and a mellow vibe "(Detroit News) that comes through whether he is playing one trumpet or two at a time!

 

Having been mentored by Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd and Marcus Belgrave while listening to Charlie Parker and Lee Morgan, Rayse learned to command the instrument.  His fingerings are profound and his range astounding! Rayse is a prolific writer and has penned three successful 3CD's Mr. Biggs, For The Love Of It and Rayse Biggs Live.

 

He is currently working on a CD featuring Najee and Roy Ayers to be released May 2013.  Rayse has performed and/or recorded with awarding winning musicians such as Sonny Stitt, Was Not Was, Aretha Franklin, Fred Hammond, Kirk Whalum, Donald Byrd, The Temptations, Freddie Hubbard, KEM, Kid Rock, The Singletons, Ron Winans, Bettye LaVette, Bob Dylan, Gene Dunlap, just to name a few.

 

Also appearing with Rayse Biggs will be the N-Motion’s house band:

John C. Hall Jr. – Bass Guitar

Stephen Delach – Guitar

Brian Edwards – Percussion

Howie Alexander – Keyboards.

 

Admission: $15

Doors open:   7:30 PM
Jazz:   8:00 – 10:00 PM
King of DJ's Mighty Man:   10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

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