TBFF22 Live Performance - Rudy Ray
A decorated trumpet player, Rudy Ray, was born in Ho, Ghana, in 1992. Famously known for his stylistic perspective on traditional black jazz standards and African Avant-garde influence, Rudy has worked on countless projects with many artists worldwide. Working with artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan, BANGERZ Brass, Quincy Morales Jump Crew with which he just closed an event for former President Barack Obama. Rudy has also participated in countless festivals such as the Black Film Festival, Mixto Festival, TD Jazz Festival, Tiff, and participated in community organizations such as RISE Edutainment. Alongside trumpeting, Rudy expands his passion for writing into poetry with collaborations with Ontario's Poet Laureate Randell Adjei, David Delisca and Trevlyn Kennedy. As Rudy continues to evolve and expand on his versatility, skills and passions, he is featured acting in black empowering movie productions such as the show entitled Self Made: Story of Madam C.J. Walker, now featured on Netflix.
In 2021, Rudy was welcomed with great reception and treatment from the Canadian High Commission to Ghana, allowing Rudy to identify more values he intends to pursue throughout his career. These values are harmony, a love for family and friends, intentionality towards quality, and ultimately deeper connection. A deeper connection to the world through social justice movements and advocacy, connection to the community through his philanthropic work, and connection to his creative community through his participation in projects with influential artists such as Ghostface Killah, Drake, Tobi, J. Cole, and ultimately a connection to himself and his home.