From a musical career that started in the streets of Chicago, to tours and concerts, and recording sessions all over the world, Ray Herrmann has time and time again proven himself to be a talented and accomplished musician. His expertise in whatever musical situation he encounters is of the highest order. As a saxophonist, composer, arranger and musical director, he is among the busiest in the business.
Herrmann’s resume includes concerts performing with Santana, Chicago, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston and Bob Dylan. Television performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, American Idol, The Grammy Awards and other TV specials with Bryan Adams, Babyface, Johnny Mathis, Kelly Clarkson and Stevie Wonder, to name just a few. Ray has played on numerous motion picture soundtracks including: “The Bodyguard,” “Selena,” “Chicken Run,” “The Little Richard Story,” “Princess Diaries,” and “Shrek.” He has played on albums ranging from rock legends Toto and Allen Toussaint to hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur to country stars Alan Jackson and LeAnn Rimes to pop divas Gwen Stefani and Christine Aguilera to jazz greats George Benson and Bill Holman. Whatever the musical situation, Ray Herrmann brings his high standards of professionalism and musicianship.
Ray Herrmann was born in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Growing up Ray studied music with Chicago legends Bunky Green and Joe Daley. While playing in the One O’Clock Lab Band and earning his masters degree in music from the famed University of North Texas, Ray toured with the celebrated Grammy winning artist Delbert McClinton. After graduation in 1987, Ray moved to Los Angeles. He has been a Los Angeles based professional ever since.
Starting back in 1993, Ray worked off and on for 10 years with the legendary Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Herrmann recorded over 10 albums with Setzer and the band, including the multi-platinum “Dirty Boogie” where he and Setzer arranged the title cut. On that same album, you can hear Herrmann romp-and-stomp on the now famous tenor saxophone solo on the Grammy award winning “Jump, Jive, and Wail.” Ray also recorded a DVD with the Orchestra back in 2001, “The Brian Setzer Orchestra- Live in Japan.”
Since 1998, Ray has been working with the French Superstar Johnny Hallyday, performing for audiences all over the world. Herrmann has recorded and been featured on numerous CD’s and DVD’s including the multi-platinum selling Stade de France concert CD and DVD, “Allume le Feu.”
Ray was also involved with LeAnn Rimes’ Christmas CD, “What a Wonderful World.” Besides performing on the album, Ray also wrote three big band arrangements for the talented singer. You can also hear Ray on the Cee-Lo produced hit “Don’t Cha,” as well as on the Linda Perry produced CD for Christina Aguilera, "Back to Basics". Most recently, Ray has been subbing for Walter Parazaidor on tour with the supergroup Chicago.
Whether you spell his name Ray Herman, Ray Herrman, Ray Hermann, or even Herman Ray, saxophonist Ray Herrmann executes perfection.