Ray Gallo



Biography
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Ray Gallo, , started learning Spanish/Classic guitar at 8 years old, and with his father Louis guidance he was soon playing solos at his school concerts.

When he reached his teenage years he wanted to broaden his scope and started to learn to playwith a pick/ plectrum. He was soon playing with local gig bands and then became a member of Bill Ashtons National Youth Jazz Orchestra, during which period his featured solo was "Django" by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Ray also worked as a guitar salesman in the Sound City store in London's West End which at the time had the Fender guitar concession.

 

Upon leaving his Guitar  salesman job Rayconcentrated on his professional guitar playing and teaching  in London schools. One of his first professional jobs was playing electric and Classic guitar in the theatre orchestra of the musical "Promises Promises"  supervised by Burt Bacharach. He also had spells of playing guitar with Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine and  playing on session and Jingle recordings. During the run of the West End musical "Two Gentlemen of Verona" he decided to leave and play guitar at the Cafe de Paris Central London where he featured in the quartet 4 afternoons and 6 nights a week!

After a spell at the Cafe De Paris he left to start working as a freelance musician with the top Function bands and also teaching guitar in schools and privately.

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Ray, remembering his Italian roots from Ravello and Frosinone runs his own Italian Style group together his  Neapolitan vocalist friend Giovanni Caliende  playing the songs his father had introduced him to at Italian functions(see Italian Connection page)
Ray also plays guitar in Function bands and does gigs in commercial or
jazz styles. 

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Ray taught guitar in Local Authority schools for decades and now teaches Private pupils a variety of styles including Classical,Jazz,Rock and other styles of Guitar playing from beginners to advanced.
  
 Many of his pupils have passed Trinity College
or Rock school Grade exams.(see photo above)

Please go to Guitar teaching section,or ring 07790866323 for information.

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