Ray Gallo, , started learning Spanish 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 the plectrum guitar style 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. During his late teens he was also working as a guitar salesman in the Sound City shop in London''s West End, dealing with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and many top session men of the time.
At 21 years of age the hours of working as a salesman by day and musician by night became too much so he concentrated on his professional guitar playing and teaching guitar in London schools. One of his first professional jobs was playing in the musical "Promises Promises" in the orchestra supervised by Burt Bacharach. He also had spells of playing guitar with Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine plus more theatre work, but during the musical "2 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 this job he worked as a freelance musician with the top Dance bands and also taught guitar in schools.
Ray, always remembering his Italian roots, runs his own Italian Style group together his 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
Ray is also teaching guitar in Local Authority schools ,and privately.
Ray can teach Classical,Rock,Jazz, and other contemporary styles from
beginners to advanced and 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.