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Ray Drummond

Ray Drummond

Visit Ray “Bulldog” Drummond’s Web site (, and you’ll find a link to the Bulldog’s Lair, where the master bassist sounds off on the issues of the day, jazz-related or otherwise. As for Drummond’s nonvirtual lair, it’s in Teaneck, N.J.-a modest house he’s inhabited for 23 years with his wife, Susan, and his daughter, Maya, now 24. (That is Maya, age nine or so, on the cover of Drummond’s Maya’s Dance album.) “We have lots of fun here,” Drummond says, and his warmth and generosity make it easy to believe.

The oldest of six children (four brothers and two sisters), Ray Drummond was an army brat, attending 14 different schools in 12 years. In the early ’60s his family settled in Monterey, Calif., where his widowed mother still lives and where he stays when he’s teaching at California State University Monterey Bay. “During the school years I’m pretty much out there,” Drummond says. “But I’m rarely gone longer than two and a half weeks at a time.”

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