The Story of Ray Charles: A Live Rendition
The Blues Kitchen Brixton, London.
This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.
For the next iteration of our “Story Of” series, we invite Henri Herbert to explore the songbook of one of his idols, Ray Charles.
Hailed by Sinatra as “the only true genius in show business”, Ray Charles’ contributions to the modern musical canon cannot be overstated. A soul music originator, he drew inspiration from gospel, blues and rhythm’n’blues to pioneer a genre that would change the course of music history.
Following a tragic youth during which his brother and mother perished at early ages, Ray developed his prodigal piano skills at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. After signing with Atlantic in 1952, Charles star would rise exorbitantly. After early hits on the imprint, with whom he recorded “I’ve Got a Woman”, and “Mess Around”, he would go on to achieve huge crossover success, releasing over 60 albums, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Award, alongside a plethora of other accolades. He is responsible for some of the most iconic soul, jazz and popular music of the 20th century, not least his seminal tunes "Unchain My Heart," "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on My Mind.”.
Few contemporary artists possess the talent to do justice to Ray Charles' songbook. However Henri Herbert's virtuosic piano playing as part of the fabled Jim Jones Revue have allowed him to build a successful solo career as one of the most sought after blues pianists in the world.