Roy Gaines & His Orchestra recorded their first CD “Tuxedo Blues” (Black Gold Records) in 2009 at Capitol Records, and has performed at local venues and events in 2010 including the Central Ave Jazz Festival, The Typhoon Restaurant and the Catalina Jazz Club. The motto of this 17-piece orchestra is “Dress the blues up”.
Tuxedo Blues has been aired on KKJZ 88.1 FM by Helen Borgers, who also wrote the liner notes. The blues we hear on this disc have been arranged for a swingin’ big band that could be performing at the elegant ballrooms of the most prestigious hotels.
The music harkens back to the days when Roy was part of a touring program, on the same bill with Count Basie’s Orchestra and Jimmy Rushing, under the influence of impresario John Hammond. But the music transcends any one era. Roy puts everything he has into everything he does. And he is a visionary. His plans for the evolution of this music – where it will be heard, played and grown – are exiciting. Today a homage to Count Basie, tomorrow Duke Ellington. Beyond – who knows? One thing is for sure, it will be a class act!