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August 9, 2018

 

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Trumeter Rayse Biggs and bassist Ralph Armstrong at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

 

Photo: JazzInOurTime.com

 

 

Trumpeter Rayse Biggs has been a longstanding favorite with local Detroit and international audiences for many years. He returns to the Dirty Dog stage Wednesday, August 15 through Saturday, August 18 with an all-star band consisting of pianist Buddy Budson, bassist Ibrahim Jones, and drummer Patrick Doran.

 

Rayse has been involved in music for most of his life. He came from a musical family where just about everyone played an instrument.  He says he’s never had stage fright because he was always playing for “family” early on.

 

 

Although the piano was his first instrument, Rayse was always intrigued by the trumpet.  He said his fate was sealed when trumpeter Marcus Belgrave came and played at his Junior High in 1969 and later became his mentor.

 

 

Now, Rayse is a mentor himself as he spends time educating new and emerging students of Jazz. He has shared his youth music programs with the Detroit Symphony, Plymouth Education Center and throughout metro-Detroit.​

 

 

Rayse is known for being an entertaining performer and is quite the showman who infuses a lot of humor and personality into his sets. He’ll also do interesting things with the music itself such as scat, mumble (a vocal technique he learned from the great Jazz trumpeter, Clark Terry), and play trumpet and flugelhorn at the same time.

 

 

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Rayse Biggs playing trumpet and flugelhorn at the same time.

Photo: JazzInOurTime.com

 

 

Although he started on piano, Mr. Biggs had always been intrigued by the trumpet. His musical fate was sealed after trumpeter Marcus Belgrade came to his junior high school in 1969 and later became a mentor to Mr. Biggs. Soon after he went on tour with a number of Motown groups such as Smokey Robinson, the Marvelettes and the Temptations.

 

 

Later, his brother Travis, a violinist, took him to the Metropolitan Arts Complex, where a young Rayse would meet Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard, the of whom would “play licks on the phone for me,” Mr. Biggs says. “It was just a blessing” to have that contact.

 

 

After graduating from Detroit’s Chadsey High School in 1972, Mr. Biggs went on the road with a number of Motown acts — Smokey Robinson, the Marvelettes and the Temptations, to his recollection. The next year he entered Oakland University.

 

 

​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 with the likes of Kem, Was Not Was, The Dramatics, Kidd Rock, Bob Dylan, Matthew Chicoine and Recloose and many others.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trumpeter Rayse Biggs has been a longstanding favorite with local Detroit and international audiences for many years. He returns to the Dirty Dog stage Wednesday, August 15 through Saturday, August 18 with an all-star band consisting of pianist Buddy Budson, bassist Ibrahim Jones, and drummer Patrick Doran.

 

 

Rayse has been involved in music for most of his life. He came from a musical family where just about everyone played an instrument. He says he’s never had stage fright because he was always playing for “family” early on.

 

 

Although the piano was his first instrument, Rayse was always intrigued by the trumpet. He said his fate was sealed when trumpeter Marcus Belgrave came and played at his Junior High in 1969 and later became his mentor.

 

 

Now, Rayse is a mentor himself as he spends time educating new and emerging students of Jazz. He has shared his youth music programs with the Detroit Symphony, Plymouth Education Center and throughout metro-Detroit.

 

 

Rayse is known for being an entertaining performer and is quite the showman who infuses a lot of humor and personality into his sets. He’ll also do interesting things with the music itself such as scat, mumble (a vocal technique he learned from the great Jazz trumpeter, Clark Terry), and play trumpet and flugelhorn at the same time.

 

 

Although he started on piano, Mr. Biggs had always been intrigued by the trumpet. His musical fate was sealed after trumpeter Marcus Belgrade came to his junior high school in 1969 and later became a mentor to Mr. Biggs. Soon after he went on tour with a number of Motown groups such as Smokey Robinson, the Marvelettes and the Temptations.
Later, his brother Travis, a violinist, took him to the Metropolitan Arts Complex, where a young Rayse would meet Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard, the of whom would “play licks on the phone for me,” Mr. Biggs says. “It was just a blessing” to have that contact.
After graduating from Detroit’s Chadsey High School in 1972, Mr. Biggs went on the road with a number of Motown acts — Smokey Robinson, the Marvelettes and the Temptations, to his recollection. The next year he entered Oakland University.

 

 

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 with the likes of Kem, Was Not Was, The Dramatics, Kidd Rock, Bob Dylan, Matthew Chicoine and Recloose and many others.

 

 

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