An Evening With The Ray Myers Band: Don’t Forget To Bring Your Dancing Shoes!

In fall 2004, when I first moved back to the West coast, I answered an ad in a local entertainment paper. The ad stated that sax players were needed for a Vancouver-based R&B band. As it turned out, the band was fronted by none other than sax player and singer Ray Myers.

Ray Myers

    Photo by M. Margison © 2009

Ray’s musical resume is impressive to say the least. Ray has shared the stage with some of music’s biggest names including Aretha Franklin and the Jackson Five. 

Ray moved to Canada about 20 years ago, and has gradually made his way from the East, all the way to the West Coast.

I was Ray’s baritone sax player for a while. Unfortunately my other musical commitments (I was starting my own jazz band, as well as playing in a blues band), and a full time career in the health charities sector—I was juggling 2 full time careers at the time—prevented me from staying with The Ray Myers Band.

Despite leaving his band, Ray and I remained in touch, and today he is one of my dearest friends, and most cherished musical colleagues. He is a phenomenal musician, and a consummate performer. 

Recently Ray asked if I could help him redo his website. I put him in touch with my web designer, and the 2 of them worked hard over the past couple of months getting the new site developed. 

Although there are still a few things to be added, most notably the video clips, the new Ray Myers Band website is now officially on-line. 

Ray is a musical institution in the Metro Vancouver area. His shows sell out, and the dance halls are packed. This is a man who knows how to entertain a crowd!The Ray Myers Band

    Photo by M. Margison © 2009

On Saturday night, I attended a performance of The Ray Myers Band. They played a dance which was held at Shannon Hall in Cloverdale. Both our web designer and I took photos that night for Ray’s new site, but I also thought I’d try my hand at some artistic expression. 

The following photos are a few that were taken on Saturday. Some were taken by me, others were taken by our web designer. Credits are given for each photo.

    Photo by M. Margison © 2009

    Photo by M. Margison © 2009

    Photo by H. Kahlke © 2009

    Photo by H. Kahlke © 2009

Gayle's Mark VII

    Photo by H. Kahlke © 2009

Sax Player's Extras

    Photo by H. Kahlke © 2009

Ray's Mark VII

    Photo by H. Kahlke © 2009

From Behind The Drums

    Photo by M. Margison © 2009

ray-helen

    Photo by M. Margison © 2009

If you haven’t seen one of Ray’s shows, you owe it to yourself to do so. His live performance will absolutely amaze you. His vocals, his sax playing, his showmanship… In short… The entire package, is a testament to a lifetime of perfecting and honing his craft. 

Check out Ray’s Upcoming Shows page for details on when and where The Ray Myers Band will be performing next. And don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

…this is just my blog. My “real” website is www.bassic-sax.info. If you’re looking for sax info, you should check it out too.There’s lots there!

© 2009, Helen. All rights reserved.

Helen

Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

5 Comments:

  1. Are you still playing with your band? Dorothy

  2. ZOMG it has a high F# — you mean it’s not a Mark VI? Inconceivable! ;)

    • Yes, Ray uses a Mark VII, but we’re still friends anyway. I overlook his choices. :wink: He likes my VI, and would be quite happy to trade horns with me, were I so inclined… But I’m not. Ray also has a Cannonball Stone series in silver plate. I played it yesterday while we were jamming together. It’s a killer horn. He also has a black Jupiter in his tenor arsenal.

      Ray is the kind of player that can play a Bundy II, and have the sound fill an auditorium with the most amazing saxophone sound you ever heard. He is living proof that gear is only a 50% or so of the equation. The rest comes from the player himself.

      • Dear Ray,

        I was wondering how you and your daughter are doing?

        Gayle’s experience of your being so kind, teaching and letting her play in the band for a number of years, I believe was the highlight of her life. I’d gladly talk to you about how’s she’s doing, first I need to contact you.

        • Hi Sue.

          I lost touch with Gayle, but was friends her. I met her through Ray when I first moved back to BC in 2004. I have a great photo of her with my bass saxophone you might be interested in seeing in this portion of my website. You can find it here: http://bassic-sax.info/blog/2005/gayle-the-bass-saxophone/

          If you scroll down below the article, you’ll find some comments from people who know Gayle, and even from Gayle herself. :)

          When her schedule permitted, Gayle used to come my place and take the occasional lesson with me. She’d always have lunch with us, and loved our whippets who would always beg for handouts. (They could tell that like me, she was a softie.) ;)

          I will pass your kind words and your contact info onto Ray. Perhaps at some point I might be able to connect with you as well.

          Warm Regards….helen

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