John Scofield, Ricky Skaggs to Play Berklee’s Ray Charles Symposium
Bluegrass great Ricky Skaggs, guitarist John Scofield and more will come together for a three-day tribute to Ray Charles, dubbed “Inspired By Ray: The Ray Charles Symposium,” at the Berklee College of Music later this month. Taking place September 21-23, the conference will explore Charles’s singing, piano playing, and arranging, the songs he performed, the relationship between jazz, blues, gospel, and country music in the U.S., his business savvy, his blindness, and other topics.
The conference’s centerpiece, “inspiRAYtion: A Tribute to Ray Charles” takes place September 22 at the Berklee Performance Center with performers including Skaggs; Scofield; singer-songwriter Raul Midón; former Raeletts Tonette McKinney, Renee Georges, and Katrina Harper; Grammy-nominated vocalist Donna McElroy; Charles’s former music director Victor Vanacore; Tracy Bonham and Margaret Glaspy with the Wayfaring Strangers; and guitarist/songwriter Doug Wamble.
Panelists include Ray Charles: Man and Music author Michael Lydon; Ray Music Supervisor Curt Sobel; 11-time Emmy-winning broadcaster Dave Marash; and entertainment lawyer Ivan Hoffman, who represented Charles for many years and now represents the Ray Charles Foundation.
A full schedule of events and ticketing info is available via the Berklee College of Music website.