The Original Famous Rays


The Original Famous Rays is a group of very experienced musicians specializing in genres including jazz, blues, swing and rock, and the band performs a wide variety of modern and traditional blues and pop tunes by artists like T-Bone Walker, Booker T & the MGs, Delbert McClinton, Freddie King, Albert King, Luther Allison, Tommy Castro, BB King, Van Morrison, Tom Waits and more! The group features lead singer and guitarist Richie “Ray” Romaniello, a great rhythm section that can groove and swing, as well as the superb Hot Sauce Horns.

Band Bio

Started in 2014, the Original Famous Rays developed from bassist Michael “Ray” Cohen’s desire to put together a truly new type of blues and swing project. After meeting Rich Romaniello from a Craigslist ad, things developed very quickly, and it turned out the backgrounds and styles of the players were perfect for each other, with similar musical goals. A couple of auditions and the line-up was set, with Keith Mulhare on drums, Rafik Cezanne on tenor sax, Cohen on bass, and the keyboard playing of veteran performer Jim Wilmer from the UK. Hot Sauce Horns players have included Sam Orleans, Ken Simon, Jason Wysocki, David Frawley and Matt Polashek.

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Band Members: 

Michael “Ray” Cohen – Bass guitar, background vocals

Rich Romaniello – Lead guitar, lead vocals

Keith Mulhare – Drums

Rafik Cezanne – Tenor sax

David Frawley – Trumpet

Jason Wysocki – Trombone

Jim Wilmer – Keyboard