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Ray Anderson (musician)

Ray Anderson
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Background information
Born (1952-10-16) October 16, 1952
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, trombonist, artist
Instruments Trombone, Sousaphone, Vocals
Years active 1973–present
Labels Enja Records

Ray Anderson (born October 16, 1952 in Sousaphone and sings.[1] He was consistently chosen as DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll best trombonist throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.[2]


  • Biography 1
  • Discography 2
    • As leader 2.1
    • As sideman 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


After spending study time in California, he moved to New York in 1973 and freelanced. In 1977, Anderson joined David Murray, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Dr. John, Luther Allison, Bennie Wallace, Gerry Hemingway, Henry Threadgill, John Scofield, Roscoe Mitchell, Randy Sandke's Inside Out Band, Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra, Bobby Previte and others. Anderson is also a member of Jim Pugh's Super Trombone with Dave Bargeron and Dave Taylor. He also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a series of solo trombone concerts.

While pushing his sound into the future, Anderson has frequently returned to his early love of New Orleans music for inspiration. His Alligatory Band as well as his Pocket Brass Band, featuring tuba great Bob Stewart, are rooted in its tradition.

Since 2003 he has taught and conducted at Stony Brook University.


As leader

  • Ray Anderson: Harrisburg Half Life (Moers, 1980)
  • Slickaphonics:
Wow bag (Enja, 1982)
Modern life (Enja, 1984)
Humatonic Energy (Blue Heron Records, 1985)
Check your head at the door (Teldec, 1986)
Live (Teldec, 1987)

Ray Anderson: Right Down Your Alley (Soul Note, 1984)

  • Ray Anderson: Old Bottles - New Wine (Enja, 1985)
  • BassDrumBone: Wooferlo (Soul Note, 1987)
  • Ray Anderson: What Because (Gramavision, 1989)
  • Ray Anderson: Wishbone (Gramavision, 1991)
  • Ray Anderson: Every One Of Us (Gramavision, 1992)
  • Ray Anderson: Big Band Record (Gramavision, 1994)
  • Ray Anderson Alligatory Band: Don't Mow Your Lawn (Enja, 1994)
  • Ray Anderson / Gary Valente : Slideride (Hat Hut, 1994)
  • Ray Anderson / Han Bennink / Christy Doran : Azurety (Hat Art, 1994)
  • Ray Anderson / Han Bennink / Christy Doran : Cheer Up (Hat Art, 1995)
  • Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band: Where Home Is (Enja, 1998)
  • Ray Anderson: Bonemeal (Raybone Music, 2000)
  • Bobby Previte & Bump: Just Add Water (Palmetto, 2001)
  • Ray Anderson / Ibrahim Electric: Ibrahim Electric Meets Ray Anderson (Sundance, 2005)
  • Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band - Sweet Chicago Suite (2012)

As sideman

With Barry Altschul

With Anthony Braxton

With Charlie Haden

With Hank Roberts

With Bob Thiele Collective

  • Lion Hearted (1993)

With Roseanna Vitro and Kenny Werner


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ "1988 DownBeat Critics Poll". 

External links

  • Ray Anderson's official site
  • Discography
  • Outbreakin' Jazz Discography
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