December 30, 2009 --
He has been touted one of the best saxmen in the business; regularly performing in sold out auditoriums and festivals in Chicago and across the Midwest. Appearances with The Greatest Of All Time, Muhammad Ali, and repeat performances before tens of thousands at Chicago's United Center, Donald E Stephens Convention Center, and Poplar Creek, Ray Silkman is one of the most sought after and celebrated performers in the Midwest. Ray has independently released five CDs including Heartbeat, which sold out in 18 short months, A View of Love, which offers a tribute to the late Luther Vandross, and Steppers Serenade. His CD SoundCheck including the hit "So Saxual" can be heard on smooth jazz and NIC radio stations across the country, JAZZ-FM radio in Europe, as well as being featured on BET's Jazz Discoveries. Ray's most recent release, Ray Silkman LIVE!, features the classic "If I Aint Got You" and "Europa", adding to his already impressive collection. The energy, the passion, and of course the sound of Ray Silkman's soul pouring through his saxophone is hypnotic to say the least. It is no surprise that Chicago Radio station V103 is quoted as saying "We have never seen a reaction to a jazz song that we've played on V103 like the one that we got from Ray Silkman's "So Saxual". Every time we play the song the phones light up". Silkman has performed standing room only concerts for his thousands of fans at Detroit Opera House, The Elkhart Jazz Festival, Grand Rapids Jazz and Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, The Vic Theater Chicago, The Park West Theater Chicago, The United Center, Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Milwaukee's Marcus Amphitheater, Poplar Creek Amphitheater, Chicago's Field Museum, and countless private and public events throughout the country. Long lines of eagerly waiting fans, anticipating an autograph and/or picture with this phenomenal artist have followed each performance. Like so many, Silkman's beginning was challenging, being robbed and homeless on the streets of Chicago for many months after arriving there, he used the lessons of hard work, determination and faith that his mother instilled in him to overcome adversity and hard times. Believing that a man's gift will make room for him, he persevered and is now living his dream. Additional Information is available upon request. We invite your inquiries to Silkscreen Productions 708.439.8004.
December 31, 2009 - 8:00 PM Double Tree Hotel 1909 Spring Rd Oakbrook, IL For Info. and tickets contact Al Humes @ 847-533-2233
January 9, 2010 - 7:00 PM United Center Chicago , ILRay Performs National Anthem for Bulls game vs Orlando Magic
February 5, 2010 - 6:00 PM Riley Chambers Black History Performance 808 1/2 Magnolia - Barrett Station Community Ctr, Barrett Station, TX 77532 Special performance for A-Place Inc. - info: Jewette Johnson @ 646-419-7084
February 10, 2010 - 7:00 PM United Center Chicago, ILRay performs National Anthem for Bulls Game vs Magic
March 13, 2010 - 1:00 PM Wyndam Hotel/Jaber Wok Lisle, IL