Ray Abrams

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Ray Abrams (born Ray Abramson on January 23, 1920 in New York City[1] - died July 1992) was a jazz and jump blues tenor saxophonist. His brother was jazz drummer Lee Abrams. He first worked with Dizzy Gillespie in 1945, toured Europe with Don Redman in 1946 and was with Andy Kirk 19 1947.[2] He went back and forth between Kirk and Gillespie for decades.[3] Outside of his work with Gillespie he might be best known for the "Ray Abrams Big Band."[4]


  1. ^ Barry Kernfeld, ed. (2002). "Abrams, Ray". The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 8. ISBN 1561592846. 
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Jazz. Editor, Leonard Feather. Horizon Press, 1956. p. 75. 
  3. ^ All Music
  4. ^ Big Band database