The legend that is Ray Charles would have been celebrating his 86th today.
Ray was born in Greenville, Florida as Ray Charles Robinson – son of Bailey Robinson and Aretha Williams. Ray was known for his incredible talent sat at his piano and creating amazing, cathartic and soulful music when he was in fact completely blind. However he was not born with his condition. It is said that the reason for Charles’s blindness was a case of glaucoma. At the young age of around four or five Charles began to lose his sight after witnessing the death of his younger brother George who drowned in Aretha’s laundry tub.
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Jazz hands at the ready. Manchester’s annual Jazz festival is coming back with a vengeance this summer, and as usual, boasts some fantastic acts from the world of jazz, from each corner of the globe. Continue reading “Jazz fever hits Manchester!”
The Footlights star Hugh Laurie – who made his debut back in the 1980s at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival alongside Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry – has in recent years, taken a slight change in direction. It has never been a secret that Laurie is something of a musician (in particular a pianist) and we see him in some early Fry and Laurie sketches tinkling the ivories. In 2010 Laurie released a blues album and has been very much immersed into the jazz and blues scene ever since. His musical prowess is undeniable, and although his singing voice isn’t likely to dazzle critics, the rawness and grit is absolutely perfect for the style Laurie is procuring. Continue reading “Laurie and Jazz”