COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
7 - 8 MARCH 2009
Presented by the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago: paper sessions, lecture-demonstrations, and panel discussions on Ray Charles’s compositions, musical influences, life, and legacy
Join keynote speaker David Ritz, scholars and authors James Austin, Stanley Crouch, Fredara Hadley, Tammy Kernodle, and Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., as well as musicians who were members of Charles’s band, including Marcus Belgrave (trumpet), John Bryant (drums), Leroy Cooper (former head of the Ray Charles Orchestra), and Dr. Mable John (former Raelette and Charles’s pastor). Ray Charles Enterprises is collaborating with the CBMR to create a small exhibit of select Charles memorabilia.
The event is sponsored by Mesirow Financial, The Palmer House Hilton Hotel, and U.S. Cellular.
For a preliminary program, schedule, venues, lodging, and registration and ticket information, please visit www.colum.edu/cbmr/raycharles2009/.