Upright bassist Ray Clemens studied jazz at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and at the New School for Social Research in New York, honing his craft under the tutelage of masters like Marshall Hawkins, Buster Williams, and Peter Paulsen. An accomplished teacher in his own right, Ray has a wide range of instructionexperience, in all age groups and ability levels, ranging from private instruction, to small ensemble and orchestra.
Along his travels through time and space, he has played with many great players including: Harry Pickens, Bob Mintzer, and Arnie Lawrence. He’s performed at the Kimmel Center, World Café Live, the Roxy, Blue Note, Dazzle Jazz, and the Kennedy Center. Ray has composed more tunes than he can count and appeared on 18 albums, that he knows of…
These days he can be seen around Seattle with Don’t Move.