Chronology 1961

  • July 4, 2013

    The Ray Charles Big Band’s First Concert In Europe (1961)*

    For an update of this article, read this. Ad for Ray Charles’ first big band concert in Europe, on October 18, 1961 at the Kongresshaus-Bühne in Zurich. From the Hans Philippi Collection (curated by Mario Schneeberger). Pages from the Zurich concert’s souvenir brochure. Collection Mario Schneeberger. Invitation and ticket for exclusive ‘after party’ organized by […]

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  • June 12, 2013

    Jim Marshall Catching Ray Charles’ Shadow (1961?)

    Photo by Jim Marshall, put up for auction by Christie’s. Dated in 1960, but must be of later date since Ray’s first big band was established in 1961. The venue could be Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco on Dec. 29, 1961 – where Marshall shot a series with a.o. this photobackstage (if so, prob. with […]

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  • May 18, 2013

    Ray Charles Band @ MIT (1961)

    As far as I know, this is the second-ever picture of Ray Charles’ big band. “After an informal dinner, it was the popular jazz artist, Ray Charles, and his orchestra. An enthusiastic audience attended the concert held in the Armory, which was followed by our own private performance – the annual pledge skit and a […]

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