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Saxophonist Ray Blue Bringing Music, Poetry to Doane

Saxophonist Ray Blue, an international performer whose music spans from television commercials to documentaries and live theatre, will perform Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Doane College.

Blue's "Night of Jazz and spoken word poetry" begins at 6 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium and is one of numerous events planned to honor Black History Month. The evening also features fellow musician James Culver, a percussionist, writer and singer.

Doane students will have the chance to learn from Blue's expertise during student sessions prior to his performance. A director and composer as well as performer, Blue is tentatively scheduled to meet with Doane's Jazz Ensemble on Monday, Feb. 15 and visit music class prior to his performance Tuesday.

Blue is recognizable from years of performing at festivals, concerts, nightclubs, television specials, television commercials, documentary films and live theatre. He has recorded with bands for Columbia, RCA and Crystal record companies and other independent labels.

He also is an accomplished educator/clinician, consulting and performing in colleges and schools internationally. The list of world-known musicians with whom he has shared the stage includes Steve Turre, John Gilmore, Michael Cochrane, Eddie Henderson and Gary Bartz.

Blue leads his own band, Cross Continental Spirit, and is also a mainstay of the Spirit of Life Ensemble. He released his first CD "Always with a Purpose" in 2001, followed by the 2004 release of "Ray Blue Live at Liars."

Ray regularly performs internationally, including Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. He has conducted several U.S. State Department tours and made numerous international festival performances.

His performance is sponsored by Doane's Multicultural Support Services organization. For more information, contact director Wilma Jackson at 402.826.8620.