Ray Charles in Seattle - the 1940's

from Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story, page 112:

I continued writing arrangements for big bands in Seattle [1948/9]… And even though I was listening to lots of Charlie Parker, I was also very much into Woody Herman… He had a very loose, very swinging big band-- particularly the Herd with Bill Harris on trombone. I especially loved "Four Brothers." I also paid some attention to Stan Kenton. I thought of his band as a white version of Lionel Hampton's. Very screamy. Very brassy. It didn't swing nearly as much as Hamp's band, but it had that same sort of blaring brass. Cat called Bumps Blackwell had a well-known [jazz] combo around …   more >>
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David Ritz and Ray Charles, Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story (New York, 2003), p. 112. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427566005337 accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: Seattle


Ray Charles
Pianist, Singing, Songwriter, Writer

Listening to

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'Four Brothers' performed by Woody Herman & The Herd, Bill Harris
Big Band
written by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Glen Gray, Tommy Dorsey
performed by Lionel Hampton Big Band, Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
cool jazz performed by Cecil Young's group, Gerald Brashear
written by Miles Davis, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
performed by Charlie Parker
written by Miles Davis, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
performed by Ray Charles

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:06:45 +0000
Approved on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:52 +0100