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Ray Vanderby
Ray Vanderby was born in Sittard Holland in 1953 and after migrating to Australia in 1959 with his family, began playing performances on the Hammond organ in Orange NSW in 1965 at age 12, as the youngest semi-professional organist in Australia. He held a 4 year residency at the Hotel Canobolas and became a qualified piano tuner/technician with W.H. Palings & Co. while studying Jimmy Smith, André Previn and Mike Nock records. He also took up classical Bach, Grieg, Debussy studies with Gordon Smee in Orange.
At age 20 Ray moved to Sydney and became in house session keyboard sideman for EMI 301 Studios Sydney working with Richard Lush and G. Wayne Thomas. He tuned a piano for George Young from the Easybeats who got him a tour with Stevie Wright which led to tours and recordings with Marcia Hines, John English, Blackfeather, Doug Parkinson and Shona Laing, supporting Joe Cocker, Osibisa and Boomtown Rats.
In 1991 he won first prize in the W.R.O.C./BMG Australia wide songwriting competition out of 2,500 entries nationally and performed at the Cronulla, Newcastle Jazz Festivals as well as the Thredbo, Goulburn and Bluestone Blues Festivals. Ray has previously released original recordings in various progressive and blues genres and "Orange Not Blue" is his first jazz album, consisting entirely of Ray's original compositions.
Vanderby has worked alongside some of Australia's finest musicians, Jackie Orzasky, Rex Goh, Stephen Housden, Albert Calvo, Victor Rounds, Leo De Castro, Rod Coe, John Dallimore, Dean Hilson, Senile De Silva, Andy Fitzgibbon, Mick Lieber, Bruno Lawrence, Jimmy Sloggett, Carlo Barbaro, Craig Lauritsen, Michael Jordan, Ralph Franke, Paul Williamson, Ashley Davies.
contact: raymondvanderby@bigpond.com
homepage: www.rayvanderbymusic.com
myspace www.myspace.com/rayvanderby
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Mockingbird Blues
Black Market Music BMM 292.2
recorded 2004 in Sydney/Australia
Ray 'Goldfingers' Vanderby, Hammond organ, vocals
Garry Lyons, drums
Ian Jones, tenor sax
Orange Not Blue
Majique M010
recorded in Orange, NSW/Australia
Ray Vanderby, organ
Ray Campbell, bass
Rob "Rocky" Rochelli, drums
Gerry Ramage, trombone
Chris Ronan, sax
Comet 2 Comet
Blue Pie Records
recorded in Orange, NSW/Australia
Ray Vanderby, organ
Ray Campbell, bass
Rob "Rocky" Rochelli, drums
Gerry Ramage, trombone
Chris Ronan, sax

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