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The golden age of the vocal duet is back... Hey Boy! Hey Girl! is a brand new live
show and album of classic girl/ boy duets performed by ‘The Godfather of Swing’ Ray
Gelato and American songstress Kai Hoffman accompanied by The Ray Gelato Giants.
Due for release by Double Scoop Records on 14th March 2011, the album features 16
classic vocal duets including Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “The Lady
Is A Tramp” and “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off”
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! was conceived on the eve of 2010 when Kai was invited to join
Ray and his band downstairs in Ronnie Scott’s.
Hailing from Massachusetts, Kai Hoffman has been a resident at Ronnie Scott’s since
2008 with her band Kai’s Cats. Kai and her cats are prolific performers at London’s
premier lindy hop swing dance clubs and festivals and feted venues such as Proud
Cabaret. Kai also presents her own show ‘Live And Let Jive’ on Ronnie Scott’s radio
and hosts her own night by the same name at the legendary jazz venue. Originally
training as a classical musician, at The Manhattan School Of Music, Cologne’s Hochschule
Fur Musik and The Royal College Of Music, Kai has played with musicians such as
Nigel Kennedy, Jamie Cullen and Cleo Lane.
Ray Gelato is considered by many to be one of the last in a long line of classic
jazz entertainers and a true showman.
In addition to regular headline slots at ‘Ronnie’s’, Ray has also performed throughout
the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Brazil at prestigious venues, festivals and events
such as The Blue Note (NYC), Edinburgh Festival, VE Day celebrations in Trafalgar
Square, Proms In The Park, Montreal Jazz Festival, Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding,
The Ritz London for HM The Queen and opened for Robbie Williams at The Royal Albert
Hall. Recently Ray headlined the 1940’s Torch Club at the inaugural Vintage At Goodwood
Festival held in August 2010.
His multiple award nominations include BBC Radio 2 Jazz Awards, Jazz Artist Of The
Year, Best Of Jazz, BBC Radio 2 ‘Heart Of Jazz’ Award. In 2007 Ray won Ronnie Scott’s
Jazz Award for ‘Best UK Small Band’.
To celebrate the release of Hey Boy! Hey Girl! appropriately Ronnie Scott’s will
be hosting an exclusive invitation only album release party on Wednesday 2nd March,
where Kai and Ray will perform a selection of tracks from the album. For invitations,
please contact email@example.com