Thursday 16th May
7:30 PM
From £10 to £27.50

Watford Jazz Junction CIC

Watford Jazz Junction Gala Show

16 May 2024

Watford Jazz Junction Gala Show featuring Ray Gelato & The Giants supported by Xantoné Blacq

Ray Gelato & The Giants perform the opening night Gala Concert for the Watford Jazz Junction festival , guaranteeing a feel good party atmosphere and the highest quality musicianship.

Ray Gelato & the Giants

The Godfather of Swing Mr. Ray Gelato has been taking his special brand of swing, jazz and R&B music all over the world since 1988.

Ray and his world class band The Giants deliver a high energy show that never fails to get a crowd on its feet. The band perform with the highest level of musicianship, with The Giants horn section being acclaimed as one of the finest in the business.

The band has had an illustrious and very successful career, including a long-established residency at Ronnie Scott’s, which sells out for 10 shows every Christmas. Ray also twice-performed for her late HM The Queen, opened for Robbie Williams at the Albert Hall, and was chosen to play at Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding.

The band have played at the world’s top jazz festivals including Montreal and San Sebastián, at The Lincoln Centre in New York as well as numerous appearances at Umbria Jazz in Italy. Ray has also played some of the most prestigious clubs in the world including Birdland in New York and The Blue Note in Milan. His original song Ding Ding has been featured in the movie Lamborghini and the TV series The Godfather of Harlem. For more info visit

Xantoné Blacq

With a career spanning more than a quarter of a century, singer & pianist Xantoné Blacq has worked with Amy Winehouse, Emeli Sandé, Earth Wind & Fire, Mark Ronson, and Nigel Kennedy. His original music has received praise from acclaimed artists, broadcasters, press and music lovers alike.

Run-time: Xantone: 30 minutes, interval: 25 minutes, Ray Gelato & The Giants: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total run time 2 hours 30 minutes

Access bookings: Wheelchair spaces and companion tickets are available, please follow the link for info.

Please note tickets are non-refundable once purchased.

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