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Big Ray & the Kool Kats

With recent performances in Las Vegas, New York City, Cabo San Lucas, and repeat shows at the Kennedy Center Galas in Washington, Big Ray and the Kool Kats deliver the talent, professionalism, and excitement your event demands, that will get rave reviews from your guests! Check out some of their stunning reviews on WeddingWire

Named one of Modern Bride Magazines "Best Wedding Bands in America", Big Ray and the Kool Kats has the capability to perform literally thousands of songs, and most importantly, perform them with style and authenticity. From early evening dinner jazz & swing performed at a PERFECT VOLUME, so guests can talk, to the best in cross generational dance music when the party switches gears, Big Ray and the Kool Kats truly has a little something for everybody.

A crisp 4 piece rhythm section, 4 sizzling horn players, multiple lead male and female vocalists, all combine to bring a truly unique entertainment perspective to your event. And now, Big Ray and the Kool Kats offers costumed musical tributes to many of the greatest performers in the history of popular music to visually, as well as musically, enhance the theme and atmosphere of your event. 

These costumed tributes include:

  • The Andrews Sisters
  • The Supremes
  • En Vogue
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Dean Martin
  • Tom Jones
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • James Brown
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Donna Summer
  • Madonna, Shania
  • Tina Turner
  • Gladys Knight

Led by trumpeter Ray Caddell whose live and recording credits include appearances with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and dozens of other national acts and Broadway shows, Big Ray and the Kool Kats can bring the same level of excellence to your event.

Big Ray leaves nothing to chance in order to insure the smooth success of your event. From the early arrival of his uniformed set up crew, through the performance of that special song to make the day uniquely yours, BRKK deliver a performance so dynamic, so professional, and so responsive to your entertainment needs that you'll certainly join their roster of satisfied clients who book them again and again, year after year.

Big Ray and the Kool Kats. When only the best will do.

Event Planner

Just wanted to let you know that Big Ray and his band crushed it last night. May have been the best I have ever heard them. Great mix of experienced musicians, younger ones... Really perfect. My clients were super super pleased and I look forward to seeing Big Ray again soon! It's nice to have a band that you know is going to bring it on every level. Professional, fun and talented. He is so different from so many other bands and I am happy to have his style to offer to clients! Dina O. 4/23/16

National Museum for Women in the Arts

Dear East Coast Entertainment and Big Ray, Words cannot express the joy we have when thinking of the special night our daughter had because of your band. The music was spectacular and Big Ray made the bride feel as if she really was a princess for the day. Truly an amazing experience and we wanted you to know that the whole band from singers to instruments to timing and even allowing our "really friendly guest" up on stage they never missed a beat. Please pass this on to Big Ray and his band, they need to know how grateful and over the moon impressed we all are!!! Teresa and John M. National Museum For Women In The Arts 1/06/16

Father of the Bride

Big Ray & the Kool Kats was a spectacular part of my daughter's wedding. Everyone had a wonderful time dancing to the band's music, and, of significantly less importance, BR was most accommodating in complying with silly requests from the bride's father concerning the wedding toast. BR and his band are the tops! Eddie W. Castle Hill Cider 10/24/15

Bride

It was an absolutely honor having them perform at our wedding reception. From the start, I knew that this was going to be seamless. Big Ray gave us his cell phone number to call any time leading up to the event with questions or concerns. We did end up calling him once with questions and he was extremely patient listening to our questions and really took the time to explain how he could help. At the event, he came up to us before we were introduced to say hello and joke around with us (we were so nervous!) to help calm the nerves. Now for the music. It was truly unbelievable! I had guests coming up to us at the reception to get his contact info and hear about how we had found this band. If they weren't coming up to ask about the band it was just to tell us how talented they were - and they truly are! Another GREAT thing about this band - my mother at one point thought that it was a tiny bit too loud and she went up to Big Ray and he immediately worked with her to get the right level. She agreed with me that it was an amazing response as not all bands are likely to agree with "the old fogies" as my mom calls herself :) Big Ray and the Kool Kats take it to another level. While there were certainly a few bumps in the road during the wedding (there always will be!), there were absolutely zero with the band. I wish I could have them at every event! Big Ray - let me know if you ever put out a record, I'll be first in line to jam along in my car!! Thank you, Big Ray and the Kool Kats, for making our wedding experience a truly unforgettable one!! Kerry C. 10/10/15