Ray "Quasi" Nelson

Ray "Quasi" Nelson

kehlani, Count Basie Orchestra

Ray Ellis Nelson II, formally known as Lil Ray Winner of Pax t.v. "Americas Most Talented Kids" and "Its Showtime at the Apollo", was born and raised in West Palm Beach Florida. Growing up in a family of musicians, he was heavily influenced by all types of music and since the age of 3 has been pursuing his passion for the drums. His Grandfather being a Jazz drummer was Ray’s first private instructor for most of his early childhood teaching him persistently on rudiments and the ability to read music. With a heavy gospel influence, developing a good “pocket” along with foot and hand speed were ideal skills for him to develop from an early age. When he joined the Jazz band in middle school, Ray was immediately engulfed in the style of the music, studying drummers such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Buddy Rich. This would change the way Ray played from that moment on.
By the time Quasi(Ray) graduated high school, he had released his debut DVD entitled “Out the Box,” performed internationally, several television performances, featured in Modern Drummer magazine, and captured the eye and ear of many big time musicians of multiple genres.
Currently in his Senior year at Florida A&M University where he studies Jazz, Ray is involved with almost every musical ensemble the university has to offer including the marching band, percussion ensemble, jazz band, multiple recruitment groups, and playing for all the theatre musical productions. Rays versatile skill set behind the drums have led him to play all genres of music. Playing with various bands and working with some of the most well known artist in the world, including but not limited to Nat Adderley Jr., Scotty Barnhart, Longineu Parsons, and Ron McCurdy. Ray was also the featured drummer in the 2014 Disneyland All-American College band.
Humbled by all of his experiences thus far, Ray continues to focus on growing not only as a drummer, but as a producer, entrepreneur and an overall better musician.