He's played for Paul McCartney and opened the show for Robbie Williams. Now the king of swing Ray Gelato is performing in South Shields.
Jazz maestro Ray Gelato, who has performed for the Queen and played at Paul McCartney's wedding, will entertain at The Customs House on Friday.
The popular saxophone player was BBC Radio 2 Artist of the Year nominee at the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and Best of Jazz nominee at the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards.
His many star-studded performances include opening for Robbie William's, Swing When You're Winning concert, at London's Royal Albert Hall, before an appearance at Bryan Adams' birthday party - at the singer's personal request.
In 2002, The Ray Gelato Giants put on a fantastic show to a star-studded audience at Paul McCartney's wedding, performed for HM the Queen at The Ritz Hotel in London, and also played at the home of Richard Branson.
TV appearances on This Morning and Top of the Pops 2, the VE Day Concert in Trafalgar Square and BBC 1's Strictly Dance Fever have firmly established Ray Gelato as the King of Swing.
Over recent years Ray and his band have toured the UK and Europe, played at all the major festivals in Spain, Germany, Greece, Switzerland and had a groundbreaking 7th successful 10 day residency at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. They're also regulars at Ronnie Scott's in London.
Ray and his powerful seven-piece Giants Orchestra have one of the most entertaining, energetic and swinging shows on the live music circuit today. Just ask Mr McCartney.
Tickets for The Customs House concert cost £13 or £12 for concessions. To book, phone the box office on 0191 4541234.