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December 13, 2019

Rayce Bills, DirtyDogJazzCom.


Photo of Rayse Biggs at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe by John Osler



Trumpeter Rayse Biggs returns to the Dirty Dog stage this weekend, from Wednesday December 11 through Saturday December 14th. He puts on a great performance every time he plays as he is not only a very talented trumpeter but is one of Detroit’s most gifted entertainers as well.    He’s backed by an all-star band that includes pianist, Maurice O’neal, bassist Ibrahim Jones or Christopher Albert, and drummer Patrick Doran.



Rayse comes from a strong musical background having been raised in a musical family where almost everyone played an instrument. I love it when he tells the audience that he’s never had stage fright because he was always playing for “family” from the beginning.


As with so many musicians, the piano was his first instrument but he soon became interested in the trumpet as an early teen ager after seeing and hearing the great Marcus Belgrave perform at his Junior High school in 1969. Marcus had a reputation as being an effective educator and was known to many young music students as a teacher and mentor, and he soon took young Rayse “under his wing”.



Now, Rayse is an effective mentor and educator himself, working with new and emerging students of Jazz. He has developed popular youth music programs with the Detroit Symphony, Plymouth Education Center and working with various schools throughout the metropolitan Detroit area.


Photo of Rayse Biggs at the Dirty Jazz Cafe, by John Osler



After graduating from Detroit’s Chadsey High School in 1972, Mr. Biggs went on the road with a number of Motown acts including Smokey Robinson, the Marvelettes and the Temptations, and others. This was when Motown was at its peak with with some of the most popular groups in the world.



Later, his brother Travis, a violinist, took him to the Metropolitan Arts Complex, where a young Rayse had a chance to meet Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard, who would “play licks on the phone for me to learn,” Mr. Biggs says. “It was just a blessing for me and my career to have contacts with artists at this level who were taking an interest in me.”



Since then his talents and musical travels have taken him far and wide to such distant places as Senegal and elsewhere around the globe, performing a diverse blend of modern and classic styles with the likes of Kem, Was Not Was, The Dramatics, Kidd Rock, Bob Dylan, Matthew Chicoine and Recloose and many others. Rayse’s live performances reflect these exciting career experiences that add to the depth and breath of his music that he shares with us while he’s on stage.





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM (NPR), where she was Director of Programming and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.

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