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The Rayse Biggs Collective

THE RAYSE BIGGS COLLECTIVE brings the ‘collective’ experiences of an ensemble of great Detroit musicians, who have travelled the world playing almost every genre of music imaginable, and showcases all original tunes born of those experiences, with jazzy twist.

Leader and Trumpeter Rayse Biggs is gifted with a unique sound quality that is a blend of having studied musical greats, topped off with a style all his own. Mentored by Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd and Marcus Belgrave, Rayse possesses a dexterity on his instrument that has allowed him to record and share the stage with a wide variety of artists in genres ranging from Jazz, to Gospel, to Rock, to R&B. Rayse’s signature is to play the trumpet and flugelhorn simultaneously, trading off melodies and harmonies at will.

Saxophonist, Dave McMurray is often referred to as a musician’s musician. A multi-instrumentalist, who, in addition to playing tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, adds the mastery of playing flute and keyboards to his vast array of talents.

Guitarist Perry Hughes began his performing career in Detroit nightclubs at the age of 14 and hasn’t stopped performing since. A self-taught musician, Perry’s approach to the guitar has been described as comparable to such greats as Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Pat Martino and George Benson.

Organist Gerard Gibbs can play just about anything that has a keyboard! But it’s on the organ his talents shine the brightest. Mentored by Jimmy Smith and Richard ‘Groove” Holmes, Gerard retained the lessons while developing a sound all his own.

Drummer, Jabari Kersey, AKA ‘The Acrobat,’ is gifted with the ability to entertain an audience with his ‘stick tricks.’ However, Jabari never loses site of his primary function in the band— keeping the band organized and structured, setting the tempo, and keeping time!

Bassist Ibrahim Jones was taught by his father, trumpeter Felton Jones how to be a team player who knows how to serve the music with time, tone, and feel. Ibrahim is skilled at building a solid bridge between the drummer and the rest of the ensemble, allowing the listener to feel the drums while hearing the melody and harmonies of the other instruments.

Individually, these musician’s talents have taken them to both stage and studio to perform and recording with some of the greatest artists of our time. Collectively, they work together to tell a unique story of being a Detroit musician.

September 6, 2020 1:45 pm Sunday 9/6 | Carhartt Soundstage (Ren. Ballroom/Cabot)
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