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Big Black

Band, *1934
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Danny Ray

Percussionist from Savannah Georgia, born in 1934. Big Black was William "Fish" Ray's younger brother who was a Vauderville performer. He started playing percussion in Miami in the 50's and performed with various salsa and calypso bands until he moved to New York in the 60's. He got connected with various Bebop artists and bands there and soon was a regular percussionist for Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard and Randy Weston. He was dubbed "The king of Congas" and is a highly regarded institute of the african culture in Harlem. Over the years he has worked with Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, B.B. King, Hugh Masekela, Harvey Mandel and Thelonious Monk to name a few.

PortraitHoward Johnson
tu, bs
PortraitCaiphus Semenya
voc, as *1941 ZA
PortraitStan Gilbert
b *1938 US
PortraitHerman Riley
ts, fl 1933-2007 US
PortraitCurtis Peagler
as 1929-1992 US
PortraitMaurice Spears
tb US
PortraitRay Draper
tu 1940-1982 US
Ron Marshall
voc, eb
Lesley Hargrove
Charles Mallory
Billy Moore

Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Tuva TranceMuruga Booker & Big Black2012Album
Ethnic FusionBig Black1982Album
Big Black & The BluesBig Black1972Album
Diggin' What You're Doin' / MellowBig Black1972Single
Diggin' What You're Doin' / Long HairBig Black1972Single
Diggin' What You're Doin'Big Black1971Album
Try My Bugaloo / Two Moonlins And MotherBig Black1969Single
Come On And Get It, Baby (If You Want It)Big Black1968Single
Love, Sweet Like Sugar Cane / Come On Down To The BeachBig Black1968Single
Lion WalkBig Black1968Album
Elements Of Now!Big Black1968Album
Message To Our AncestorsBig Black1967Album
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