Jim Wray Jazz

Why book Jim Wray Jazz?

Piano jazz, solo or combo, for club and parties, formal or informal; this is music for everything from wedding receptions to New Years Eve gala. Jim has toured Europe with his own ensemble and has played coast to coast. Styles include jazz, R&B and renditions of standards and pop tunes. He can create an ambiance for background or give the sounds of a one man band, playing trombone and vibraphone sounds against a recorded trio backup.

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Small wedding in Staunton

Jim is one of the best. High level of professionalism. You get a sense he loves what he does and its not all about money with him. He took the time to rehearse with our daughter who sang at our wedding at no extra cost. Highly recommended !!

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Reviewer: Dani S.
Event: Wedding Cocktail Hour in Staunton, VA
Event Date: Jun 22, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Band

Great Evening with Great music!

Jim Wray brought a beautiful, lively and totally magical musical presence to our daughter's surprise 40th birthday party. From the first song he played as she walked in the room to the numerous renditions of "happy birthday," Jim was able to provide exactly the right music for every moment of the affair.

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Reviewer: Nancy K.
Event: Birthday Party in Virginia Beach, VA
Event Date: Feb 23, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Pianist, Party Band

Highly recommend Jim for your corporate functions

The Jim Wray Jazz trio entertained at our holiday party of about 150 people last year. Jim was a pleasure to work with and his music is delightful. He was very professional, prompt, fun and talented. I recently attended an event at the Omni where Jim was playing and found the trio to be very eventertaining once again. I hope to hire Jim for our upcoming 2012 events.

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Reviewer: Ryan W.
Event: Christmas Party in Charlottesville, VA
Event Date: Dec 11, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

A Party Hit!!

Jim Wray was great entertainment for a party of about 50 people. He was fun, music was delightful. We continue to receive lovely comments about the party. He was prompt, delivered all he said he would and more. Highly recommend him.

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Reviewer: William A.
Event: Private Party in Hayes, VA
Event Date: May 17, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

A Musician With Talent and Character

I highly recommend Jim Wray after experiencing firsthand his outstanding commitment to his craft and honesty as a businessman. Jim played for my wedding reception and managed a quintet who did a phenomenal job with a set list of jazz standards. Throughout the planning process Jim was kind enough to advise of additional musicians to augment what had been a trio into something much more lively and exciting for our guests. Jim was transparent in his communication, quick to answer my questions, punctual and helpful. His group adapted easily to ad hoc toasts and speeches, grand introductions, and even assumed some MC responsibilities. Best of all, he was fairly priced! Guests raved about the music all night and weeks after the wedding.

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Reviewer: Michelle C.
Event: Wedding Reception in Luray, VA
Event Date: May 26, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Band

Wedding

Jim played during our wedding reception and did an excellent job. He provided the perfect background music during our dinner reception and helped to create a very lively and enjoyable atmosphere. We received multiple compliments on Jim's performance from our guests and I would definitely recommend him. He is a talented musician and we couldn't have been happier with his work.

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Reviewer: Christopher S.
Event: Wedding Reception in Charlottesville, VA
Event Date: May 6, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

Review by Daniel H.

I have had Jim Wray provide music numerous times and he is always professional and well received. He often brings other performers with him and they are always of the highest caliber. I expect to have Jim here many times in the future, Dan Herlond, Owner, Thai Mex restaurant.

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Reviewer: Daniel H.
Organization: Thai Mex Restaurant
Event: Bar/Lounge in Nellysford, VA
Event Date: Feb 5, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

Review by John H.

Being a restaurant owner and a small concert promoter I have the most respect for Jim Wray. He is a very talented jazz pianist and always makes you feel welcome and has a memorable glow about him when working with him. He surrounds himself with many of the areas finest musicians.I would have him every month if I could.He makes your customers smile. John Huggins

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Reviewer: John H.
Organization: Shenandoah Concerts
Event: Private Party in Staunton, VA
Event Date: Oct 8, 2010
Hired As: Keyboard Player, Jazz Band, Jazz Pianist

Review by Chloe F.

Jim and the guys were great! They got everyone dancing quickly and in the mood for a long night of eating, drinking, and being very merry! We've hired them again since the first event, and definitely plan on doing it again the future.

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Reviewer: Chloe F.
Organization: Veritas Winery
Event: Private Party in Afton, VA
Event Date: Dec 31, 2010

Booking Info

  • Fee: $250 and up
  • Languages: English

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Jim Wray Jazz

There are several projects that Jim is touring with currently:

1. 2x88 - Dual jazz pianos with the legend Hod O'Brien. Several albums are available on Jim's website (www.2x88jazz.com)
2. F.U.S.E. - A jazz and R&B quintet featuring the original music of Steve Michael Smith (guitar/vocal) and the percussion of Darrel Rose (formerly with the Wailers). (www.FunkyUrbanSouthernEnsemble.com)
3. Solo piano and one man band ambience and dance sounds.
4. Jim & Marla - quartet featuring vocal artistry of Marla Palma (www.jimwrayjazz.com/MarlaPalma.html)

Jim plays club and party venues throughout central and northern Virginia having moved there from Los Angeles in 2007. His European tours with his own dixie band were highlights of college days at Cornell. Since then he has worked clubs in Minnesota, California and Virginia steadily for the past several decades.

The team providing the talent:

Steve Michael Smith

vocals/guitar/originals

Darrel Rose

Percussion

Peter Matthews

Bass

Sam Brown

Drums

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