Written by
Bob Stumpel

May 21

The Ray Charles Songbook

A worthy and fun tribute to Brother Ray (finally, after all these years!).

The show was staged twice, on May 20 and 21, 2016. Both programs were recorded on video and audio. The 20 May concert was broadcast by PBS (live on TV and on the web on the 20th; a few days later parts of the show were interwoven with interviews in a radio program). The audio can be listened to here:

Personnel: Chuck Parrish – lead trumpet; Kenny Rampton – trumpet, music director; Jim Seeley – trumpet; Elliot Mason – lead trombone; DuPor D Georges -trombone; Wayne Coniglio – bass trombone, arrangements, orchestrations; Sherman Irby – lead alto saxophone; Patrick Alexander Bartley Jr. – alto saxophone; Andy Farber – Tenor saxophone; Lauren “El Boogie” Sevian; Baritone saxophone; Ernest Vantrease – organ/keyboards; Roger W. Hines – acoustic and electric bass; Bill Sims – guitar, vocals; Jamison Ross – drums, vocals; Diane Schuur – vocals; Angela Workman, Renee Collins Georges, Katrina Harper – vocals, background vocals.


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