Jazz it up at the Pell City Library
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From left are musicians Jimmy Charles, George Schek and Ray Reach at The Jazz Shack at Hilton Head, S.C. Reach and musical friend Dave Amaral perform Sunday at the Pell City Library. The event is free for the public end is the grand finale for the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program.
From left are musicians Jimmy Charles, George Schek and Ray Reach at The Jazz Shack at Hilton Head, S.C. Reach and musical friend Dave Amaral perform Sunday at the Pell City Library. The event is free for the public end is the grand finale for the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program.
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Get ready for some jazz in the afternoon, on Sunday, August 21 at 3 p.m. at the Pell City Public Library.

The library proudly presents jazz duo, Ray Reach and Dave Amaral in a concert of crowd pleasing favorites, which includes lively instrumentals and smooth vocals. The program is planned in connection with the library’s Adult Summer Reading Series, “Novel Destinations,” and everyone is invited to attend this free event.

You can expect a terrific performance from these two talented musicians, assures assistant library director Susan Mann.

“Each is experienced and acclaimed for their musical excellence, and when they come together, it is pure dynamite,” she said.

Reach is the Director of Student Jazz Programs for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

He has held this position since 2005, which he does, in addition to directing two orchestras, the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, a recording and concert group; and the Ray Reach Orchestra, a dance band in the tradition of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra.

He has been active in jazz education since the early 1970s, teaching jazz courses, computer music courses, and workshops at various colleges including Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Montevallo, the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas and many others.

He instructed jazz and music technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, acting as director of the UAB Jazz Ensemble from 1998 until 2005. Reach is a faculty member for the W.C. Handy Jazz Camp, a regular featured performer at the W.C. Handy Music Festival and a member of the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars. He directs the

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All-Star Band and the “Fun with Jazz” Educational Program. The “Fun With Jazz” Educational Program was begun by the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts and is now offered through the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Reach has produced and/or recorded and performed with musical greats that include trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, Mike Williams (lead trumpeter for the Count Basie Orchestra), Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, saxophonist “Blue Lou” Marini, pianist Ellis Marsalis, Count Basie bassist Cleveland Eaton, the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, and many, many others. He is a pianist, vocalist, and accomplished guitarist, arranger, composer, conductor, and music producer.

He has composed, arranged and performed in various music genres, but is best known for his work in jazz.

Reach began playing piano at the age of 6, studying under Giula Williams of E. E. Forbes and Sons Piano Company in Birmingham.

He also studied piano with Carolyn Pfau and Hugh Thomas at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music. He attended Birmingham Southern College, the University of Montevallo, and the University of Alabama. At Birmingham Southern, he studied voice with the renowned New York City Opera baritone Andrew Gainey, and studied piano with Sam Howard of the concert piano duo, Hodgens and Howard.

While at the University of Alabama, he served as graduate assistant to noted jazz educator Steve Sample Sr., and directed the award winning Jazz Ensemble B.

While at the University of Alabama, he was presented with the Raymond Hubbell Musical Scholarship by ASCAP, for his contributions to jazz and popular music in America.

Reach will be joined by gifted musician Dave Amaral for the Pell City Library performance. Amaral has performed professionally on keyboards, saxophone, clarinet and flute and performed vocals for over 30 years.

He has performed with many symphony orchestras, including but not limited to, the Tampa Philharmonic and the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra; big bands, including (but not limited to) Super Jazz, The Dave Matthews Band, the Cleve Eaton Orchestra, Tommy Stewart’s Jazz Masters Big Band and in various pit orchestras, community bands, pop and jazz groups, stage concerts, recording studios and on television.

Amaral studied music with J.C. Cafara, Walter Hegner, Ted Hegvick, Tony and Ann Swain and David Webber. He attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the University of South Florida.

Amaral has taught music privately and as a clinician at the New College Music Festival in Sarasota, Fla. He has also taught as an adjunct professor of saxophone studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

This performance is free and open to the public.

This event is also the finale to the library’s Adult Summer Reading Program. Participants in the reading portion of the program are reminded to bring along their reading logs for the final drawing for prizes and the presentation of reading awards, all generously provided by local businesses, the Pell City Library, and the Pell City Library Guild. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

“Get out of the heat, and join the fun,” Mann urges.