Ray Brinker is an alumnus of North Texas State
University’s Jazz Studies program, having
performed with the school’s Grammy Award
nominated One O’Clock Lab Band before joining
trumpeter Maynard Ferguson on a multi-year world
in Los Angeles since 1986, Ray is active in the
LA studio scene. His recording and touring credits
include a diverse list of artists: Michel LeGrand,
Joe Pass, Jack Sheldon, Woody Herman, Les Brown,
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Randy Brecker,
Diane Shure, Johnny Mathis, Steve Allen, Frank
Gambale, Brian Setzer, David Lee Roth, Cinderella,
Pat Benatar, Phil Woods, Natalie Cole.
Ray’s most recent credits include the Christian
Jacob Trio CD, Styne and Mine, Ray Charles’
2005 8-time Grammy Award winning Album of the
Year, Genius Loves Company, and Joe Cocker’s
2005 CD release Heart and Soul, as well as film
soundtracks Shrek, Chicken Run, The Alamo, Brother
Bear, and Ray: The Ray Charles Story.
not performing, Ray is an active teacher and clinician
for Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks.