Ray Skjelbred has been a piano soloist as well as band leader and sideman in blues, jazz and swing groups for many years in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, and in festivals and concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe. He currently leads two groups —The Yeti Chasers and Ray Skjelbred and his Cubs. He has also worked as chosen accompanist for legendary blues singers Victoria Spivey and Barbara Dane. His 2018 film, Piano Jazz: Chicago Style! (recorded at the Royal Room) won the documentary/history award at the 2018 New York Jazz Film Festival.