Ray Charles

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Airs Wednesday, July 13, at 9 p.m. At age 21, trumpeter and music director Kenny Rampton (of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) launched his touring career with a nine-month stint in Ray Charles’ band.  In this episode, Rampton honors his former bandleader by presenting the most authentic Ray Charles experience possible. The band is full of Ray Charles alumni, the set lists are faithful recreations of actual Ray Charles sets, and the charts are transcribed from the original tour music. 

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Airs Thursday, February 18, at 8 p.m. "She's Every Woman", a 2-hour documentary, tells the story of Chaka's rise, beginning in the 1970's, and her journey as a career vocalist, now spanning over 40 years. Chaka Khan is a force of nature, acknowledged as one of the greatest living vocalists on the planet. She has secured a place in the pantheon of African-American musical royalty for a generation.

Airs Friday, February 5, at 9 p.m.  Heavenly Sight is an hour long music special featuring stories from blind, black gospel singers and listeners will hear the music of Blind Willie Johnson, Ray Charles, Reverend Gary Davis, Arizona Dranes and The Blind Boys of Alabama. All of these blind artists have fascinating backgrounds and have definitely influenced modern American music. The program features archival interviews, new recordings and some superb musical picks.

Airs Friday, February 6, at 10 p.m. Despite disability, poverty, isolation and prejudice, a surprising number of blind African American musicians who came from the gospel tradition influenced not just gospel music, but blues, bluegrass, and American vernacular music up to and beyond rock and roll. Using narrative, archival audio, interviews, scholarly commentary and music, Heavenly Sight tells this little known story through broadcast and a comprehensive, interactive web site.

Airs Thursday, February 6 at 9 p.m.  Despite disability, poverty, isolation and prejudice, a surprising number of blind African American musicians who came from the gospel tradition influenced not just gospel music, but blues, bluegrass, and American vernacular music up to and beyond rock and roll. Using narrative, archival audio, interviews, scholarly commentary and music, Heavenly Sight tells this little known story through broadcast and a comprehensive, interactive web site.

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