Ray Gehring has been a professional jazz guitarist for 25 years performing, recording and touring with many outstanding musicians including Bill Carrothers, Dave King (Bad Plus), Sean Wayland, Ronen Itzik, Mike Lewis (Bon Iver), Daniel Carter, Kyle Koehler, Matthias Bublath, Willie Wisely, Mark Ledford (Pat Metheny), Funky Town Studios (MPLS), & TROMA Films ("Tromeo & Juliet"). The Washington, DC born, Lincoln, NE raised musician received his BFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis where he studied with award-winning composer Judith Lang-Zaimont while passionately pursuing jazz and classical guitar.
Since arriving in NYC in 2000, Gehring has been recording and leading many ensembles in the area focusing on an ever broader repertoire. Now showcasing his new group, "Ray Gehring & Commonwealth" w/ their 2009 release "Radio Trails" on Evan Music.
Whether performing their original songs or beautifully interpreting other musicians works, this Commonwealth’s rich musical tapestry stretches seamlessly from Miles to Mavis (Staples), Memphis to the Middle-East, New York to Nashville to New Orleans & way beyond. Rhythm & melody are vital to this group’s dynamic- that's a promise. Expect frequent guest artists from many genres popping by always ensuring an exciting show!