Ray Charles in City of Orlando - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, pages 93-94:

I learned from everyone [using a new record player in the 1940's to listen to jazz], not necessarily piano players or singers. Charlie Christian, for example, was a bitch of a guitarist. Listening to his records I educated myself about phrasing and ad-libbing. Same went for the great drummers. They taught me the importance of keeping time. And as far as I'm concerned, there's no greater lesson.

cite as

David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 93-94. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427463487305 accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: City of Orlando


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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jazz guitar performed by Charlie Christian
written by Miles Davis, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium playback
Listening Environment indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:38:07 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:11:33 +0100