Vocalist, Multi-instrumentalist, Recording and Sound Engineer.
Studied the upright bass and performed with the Springfield youth and Butler University symphonies during his high school and college years and during the early 1970's, was fortunate to work with nationally known musicians such as jazz guitar legend Howard Roberts, Jamaica's Larry McDonald (Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, Skatalites), Bill Barnwell and the International Jazz Society, pianist Victor Borge, and a special although short lived original material project called Gandharvas.
1974 relocating to Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles to work and tour with the Dick Clark organization and getting to work with producer Larry Klein (Johnny Carson & Joni Mitchell) before moving to the San Francisco Bay area where he accepted the position with David LaFlamme's Summer of Love psychedelic folk-rock band It's a Beautiful Day, performing with them since 1980 to the present, co writing the instrumental Santa Cruz with David Laflamme as well as producing It's A Beautiful Day's "Live In Seattle" and co-producing "Beyond Dreams" and "Misery Loves Company".
Toby currently lives in Santa Cruz California where he manages and performs with the Road Hogs, on call with the Santa Cruz Jazz Society, is involved with the acoustic/electronics industry, teaches bass, and operates a recording studio and Event Services sound and back line company. Currently lead sound engineer for Don Quixotes International Music Hall and for 7 years booked the live music for Santa Cruz's Boccis Cellar
He has composed a wide variety of songs and recorded several CDs including Memory Calling and Ascension using traditional Eastern and modern instruments for a beautiful blend of meditation music and Pacific Waves a piano and environmental set of music, see these at HighwayBuddha.com. Also, visit RoadHogs.net and Diamond Band for Toby's Santa Cruz based bands. Other notables performed with are: Lee Oscar, Barry "Fish" Melton, and Jerry Miller. See CD listing below.
<snip> For me, the highlight of the concert was a performance of Bombay Calling in which Toby Gray and David LaFlamme had very memorable solos. My second favorite piece was their performance of Santa Cruz (composed by David and Toby). Again, very nice instrumental work. <snip>
and tell Toby to keep up the good work... he
is too much, I had almost forgotten what a real rock bass player should look and
sound like, now that really took me
back, thanks Toby!
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Toby Gray - Pacific Waves (1988)
Road Hogs - Take You There (2000)
It's A Beautiful Day/David LaFlamme - Working the Goldmine (2001)
Road Hogs - Live at Moes (2002)
It's A Beautiful Day/David LaFlamme - Beyond Dreams (2003)
It's A Beautiful Day/David LaFlamme - Live in Seattle (2003)
It's A Beautiful Day/David LaFlamme - Misery Loves Company (2005)
Highway Buddha & Trans Love Airways - Ascension (2010)
Highway Buddha - Memory Calling (2011)
Chet Helms 2005 Tribal Stomp
CHET HELMS REMEMBERED - PEACE & LOVE STILL IN STYLE The Chet Helms Tribal Stomp, sponsored by the Family Dog, was a beautiful event in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Dan & the Hot Licks, The Charlatans, and dozens of other noted musicians from the 60s right on up to today entertained a diverse crowd under sunny skies
Box Set Highlights: 4 DVD’s and 2 CD’s covering 29 bands, 50 interviews (including people who worked at the family dog), Poster & Photo Gallery (the family dog), history & liner notes, HD 5 camera video, digitally mastered video and audio, outtakes and much more!
This DVD/CD set features such bands as The Jefferson Starship, It's A Beautiful Day, Blue Cheer, Country Joe McDonald & Friends, Barry “the Fish” Milton, James Gurley, and a cast of others too numerous to include on one page!
Bass Pics link
Golden Gate Park West Fest 2009
Avalon Ballroom San Francisco with It's A Beautiful Day 2002 (?)
Russian River 2010
Sausalito Art & Wine with It's A Beautiful Day
Triple Door Seattle with It's A Beautiful Day
Rockin' San Francisco Summer of Love 35 with Val Fuentes on Drums
2012 Concert & Filming at Mystic Theatre with It's A Beautiful Day
Playing the Upright :-)
Gandharvas - Indianapolis 1973 (?)
The Bottom Line Bass Group Online group of Bassist for the discussion of Bass and related subjects