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Ray Brown: At age 20 he left Pittsburgh and arrived in New York where he was introduced to Dizzy Gillespie, who was looking for a bass player. Gillespie hired Brown on the spot, and he soon played with such established musicians as Art Tatum and Charlie Parker.
Metropole Cafe, NYC (1948) was a jazz club that operated from the mid-1950s through 1965. Located at 7th Avenue and 48th Street, It was primarily noted, in the bebop and progressive jazz era, as being a venue for traditional musicians. Henry "Red" Allen, a New Orleans veteran of many bands including King Oliver's and Fletcher Henderson's, led the house band there from 1954 on.
Ray Nance. Best known for his trumpet solo on "Take the A Train". Ray joined the Ellington Band in 1940 to replace Cootie Williams. He stayed with Ellington for over 20 years. Before that he had led his own band from 1932 to 37 and between worked for Earl Hines and Horace Henderson
Ray Charles Robinson - Ray Charles. September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson). He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records.