Ray Charles in Florida - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 56-7:

I knew jazz. I loved jazz, and I could play jazz. Art Tatum, as I've said, was Big Papa to all us piano players, but… there was one guy who sang and played the piano in a way which changed my life. He influenced me above all others… I couldn't hear him enough. In fact, I followed him for nearly a decade. Musically, I walked in his footsteps until I found a stride of my own… He was my idol: Talkin' 'bout Nat Cole. Folks forget that Nat Cole started out as a piano player, a jazz piano player. Sure, he played pretty tunes and pop melodies, but if he wanted to, he could turn out the …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 56-7. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427209984206 accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: Florida


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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jazz piano music performed by Nat King Cole

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Listening Environment indoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:13:04 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:54:32 +0100