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 John Daniel Ray is a progressive bassist and composer from Winston-Salem, NC. He specializes in using computers to augment his bass and voice in an improvisatory setting. He is passionate about improvised music, but is also a prolific and forward thinking composer and producer.

John plays with his original band Vintage Astronaut, a progressive jazz/electronic project that pushes the boundaries of what live music can accomplish by utilizing computers as improvisational tools and incorporating electronic sounds into live performance. He also performs regularly with his band the John Ray Trio, which plays his original progressive jazz compositions, Noobious, a video game music cover band, RKIII, an experimental electronic band, and Lucky Pocket, a dance/party band. John produces and hosts a podcast called Mr. Haircut with renowned drummer Jonathan Greene, and runs a record label and publishing company of the same name. John has produced dozens of albums, arranged music for various ensembles including string quartet, handbell choir and voice choir, composed commissioned work, and teaches improv clinics to middle school students.

John has performed and toured with dozens of bands from all over the country since 2000, appearing 5 times with The Allman Brothers, touring for 5 years with The Embers, co-founding early 2000’s hip hop band Solos Unit, and sharing the stage with groups including The Roots, Gap Band, Common, Wu Tang Clan, The New Deal, George Clinton, Oteil Burbridge, The Platters, The Temptations, The Funky Knuckles, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Jazz is Phish, and more.

John uses Mainstage 3 with his live rig, and records with Logic. He is fluent with keyboard bass as well as upright, 4, 5, and 6 string basses.


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