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03 September 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 1997

Interviewed for documentary Absolutely Ahmet. See this

January 1997
In J'aime La France tv commercial. Read this
Visiting School for the Blind in Anaheim. "Ray Charles and the Rhône wines of Michel Chapoutier turned a recent benefit concert for the Maryland School for the Blind, in Annapolis, into a rousing success. Chapoutier shipped a one-of-a-kind magnum of his new wine carrying a braille label to Charles after hearing about the event from his American distibutor, Paterno Imports of Chicago. A reception for the concert marked the American debut of Chapoutier braille-label wines, bottled under the la Sizeranne label."

11 January 1997
A benefit concert for the Morehouse and Spelman Endowed Scholarship Funds With the Morehouse College and Spelman College glee clubs and jazz bands, at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, Atlanta; hosted by Bill Cosby.
On Happy Birthday Shirley. See this.  

14 January 1997
Benefit concert for the Morehouse and Spelman Endowed Scholarship Funds, Atlanta.

18 January 1997
Florida Philharmonic Pops benefit at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, with Peter Nero; also read this.

8 February 1997
With the Detroit Symphony at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, Michigan.

9 February 1997
Rehearsals and performance for the 5th Annual ESPY Award Show at Radio City Music Hall, New York; with Muhammad Ali and Sidney Poitier. Photos here. See this.

15 February 1997
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor.

27 February 1997
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; with Dallas Symphony.
Photo by Steve Herbert (dated Oct. 23, 1997 by source).

(28 February and?) 1 March 1997
Guest of honor at Variety Club's Dinner and Telethon event at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, St. Louis.  Broadcast on Channel 4, with Bob Eubanks serving as co-host, but unclear if Ray was part of the telecast. Also read this and this
Photos by Bill Greenblatt.

4 March 1997
Fiera di Milano Exhibition Centre, opening the show for Salvatore Ferragamo's new collection. See this.
Ray with Giovanna Ferragamo, and models (from Unita).

6 March 1997
Benefit for St Jude Children's Research Hospital at their 17th Annual Gala Dinner, at International Ballroom, Beverly Hilton Hotel; with Robin Williams.

20 March 1997
Michael Fowler Centre Auditorium in Wellington.

?21? March 1997
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland.

24 March 1997
Burswood Dome in Perth. 

28 March 1997
Delray Beach Tennis Stadium, Boca Raton.

29 March 1997
Twin Oaks Mansion, Silver Springs.

30 March 1997
Concert in Silver Springs.

3 April 1997
At launch of Destiny phone card in Braille at Intele-Card trade show in Hyatt Regency, Chicago.

20/21 April 1997
Closing the show at Easter Seals Telethon. See this.
Ray Charles with host Pat Boone.

25 April 1997
Benefit at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium with Spartanburg Philharmonic, and Roberta Flack.
Detail of T-shirt sold at this concert.

3 May 1997
Grand Gala Arts et Métiers, at "le Carrousel du Louvre – Sous la présidence d’honneur de M. Ray Charles".

8 May 1997
Opening of the Crown Casino in Melbourne, with John Farnham. See this.
With Anthony Warlow, Kylie Minogue and John Farnham.  

9 or 13 May 1997
Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville with symphony orchestra; tickets at $35.50. 
Photos by Sandy Young.

20 May 1997
Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall, opening of the MasterCard Colonial Golf Tournament, with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

29 May 1997
Esquire Magazine photo shoot at RPM studios, LA.

31 May 1997
Concert in Silver Springs.

Early June 1997
Interviewee In Bill Clinton: Rock 'n' Roll President (air date). See this

5 and 6 June 1997
Station Casino, Kansas City.

6 June 1997
Concert in Kansas City.

7 June 1997
At the Grand Palace in Branson.

12 June 1997
Biloxi Grand Theatre.

14 June 1997
City Stages Festival, HealthSouth Stage, Birmingham.

15 June 1997
Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville.

18 June 1997
House of Blues, Chicago.

19 June 1997
Ohio Theatre, Cleveland.

20 June 1997
Benefit for the Maryland School for the Blind at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

21 June 1997
Wolf Trap, Washington, with Cassandra Wilson.

23 June 1997
Cenário, Brasilia.

24 June 1997
La Vieja Trova Santiaguera festival.

28 June 1997 (conflicting data:)
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore (benefit for Maryland School for the Blind, raising $102,000).
Saratoga Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs (bootlegged). See this.
Photo taken in Saratoga, possibly in '97.
Avery Fisher Hall, New York.

At Avery Fisher Hall. Photos by Andrew Savulich.

3 July 1997
Montreal Jazz Fest.

4 July 1997
Concert on the Art Museum steps, with Peter Nero, Philadelphia, aired live by 6ABC; cf. this.

6 July 1997
Giardini Reali, Turin Newport JVC Jazz Festival ("The Genius wanted to drink Dom Perignon before the show, and indignantly rejected the offer of Veuve Cliquot"; read review here).

7 July 1997
Jazz Festival, Vienna, Austria. Photos here.
Torino. Read review here.

8 July 1997
Palais des Congrès, Paris.
Intriguing photo by François-Marie Banier: rehearsal, possibly at Palais des Congrès. What's that girl doing there?
10 July 1997
Midsummer Jazz Gala 1997, the opening-event of the North Sea Jazz Festival 1997 at the Congresgebouw in The Hague. Photos here, here and here. Also see this.

Photo by Paul Bergen.
Photo by Carol Streuer.
Ray (or his entourage) forgot this screen print, but Toots Thielemans took it to his home, and still has it above his sofa. 
12 July 1997
West Port Jazz Festival, Hamburg.
Photo by Kay Nietfeld.

16 July 1997
Grec'97, at El Poble Espanyol, Barcelona. Review here.

17 July 1997
Johnnie Walker Festival, Coliseo, La Coruña (3,000 people).

18 July 1997
Jazz à Juan.

19 July 1997
Montreux Jazz Festival (DVD and CD released November 2004). See this.

20 July 1997

22 July 1997
Concert for Audi, Hotel Meliá Castilla, Madrid.

23 July 1997
Inca, Mallorca.

24 July 1997
Cuartel del Conde Duque, Madrid.

26 July 1997

27 July 1997
Rooftop Garden at Casino, Sanremo.

28 July 1997
Espace Toro in Casablanca.

2 August 1997
Ampitheater show at the Kassandra Festival in the village of Siviri, Chalkidiki, Greece.

12 August 1997
Jazz In Marciac (JIM) festival, in a "Giants Of Jazz" setting. According to this review the concert was mostly a disaster. The line-up included Leroy Cooper, David Newman, Johnny Griffin, Phil Woods, Bobby Durham, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, and Kenny Carr.
Photos of Ray with his French girlfriend Arlette Kotchounian (who somehow seems to have been involved in organizing this concert) are here. See this post for more.
(The rehearsal session, a few hours before the concert, in Auch was "sublime", a review in Le Monde said).

15 August 1997
Hot Tin Roof, Edgartown.
Aids benefit at MVRHS Center in Martha's Vineyard. Read this.
16 August 1997
Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park, Newport.

17 August 1997
Final event of the three-day Mark Twain Days festival in Bushnell Park, Hartford ("As Ray Charles broke into a soulful, slow presentation of the ballad Come Rain or Come Shine, the clouds broke and the sun streaked through as thousands listened in soggy Bushnell Park [...]. Charles gave the crowd an eclectic mix of tearful lost-love songs, upbeat jazzy turns and straight-ahead hand-clapping rock 'n' roll"; read this and this).
Photo by Marc Yves Regis.
On or shortly after 17 August 1997
Newport Beach (CA).
Photo by Steven Tackeff.

21 August 1997
Harborlights, Boston.

22 August 1997
Meadowbrook Farm, Gilford.

23 August 1997
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay (Long Island), New York.

30 or 31 August 1997
Mill City Music Festival, Minneapolis.

September 1997
Gem Theater, Kansas City, celebrating anniversary of Jazz Museum; with Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, George Benson.

5 September 1997
Concert with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

7 September 1997
With the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Englewood.
This source mentions a bootleg, titled "Fiddler's Green, CO. Aud", however dated on 21 June 1997.

8 September 1997
Profile in New Yorker. Read this.

13 September 1997
With the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra at the War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro (possibly bootlegged; cf. this).

30 September 1997
Stanford Lively Arts program on the Stanford University campus, at the Memorial Auditorium.

2 October 1997
Paul Masson Winegard.

3 October 1997
Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville.

5 October 1997
Greek theatre, LA; with Cassandra Wilson; tickets $15-$47.50 ("Backed as usual by his sturdily proficient 17-piece band, Charles, 67, wove strands of gospel, R&B, pop, blues and Tin Pan Alley into a moving song cycle of heartbreak and redemption").

6 (and 7?) October 1997
Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego (1,100 people).

8 October 1997
Concert in San Diego.

9 October 1997
Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento.

22 October 1997
Majestic Theater, with the San Antonio Symphony.

23 October 1997
At American Airlines' annual Community Concert, benefiting The Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Trees and Parks Foundation and the Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

13 November 1997
Online chat on Rhino Records' website, See this.

Mid November 1997
At Casino in Montreux. Read review here.

15 November 1997
At opening of new casino by the Gila River Indian Community near Phoenix ("more people showed up than the casino could handle").

19 November 1997
Ft. as Sammy In The Nanny (air date). See this.

21 November 1997
Honored at the International Jazz Hall of Fame induction and awards ceremony, Ice Palace, Tampa. Michael Bolton payed tribute to Ray Charles with Georgia On My Mind. The show was taped, and released on DVD (I'm happy to announce that I haven't found any footage of it yet, BS).

December 1997
The "Breakaway" TV campaign for General Motors Corp.'s 1998 Cadillac DeVille started in November with a slice-of-life approach focusing on Chicago, the Carolinas and California's Monterey area. "Breakaway Chicago," the first of the spots, featured the city's landmarks, lifestyle and jazz and blues background, with Anita Baker singing. "Breakaway Carolina," featured Ray Charles, breaking in December '97, and "Breakaway Monterey" was to debut in April '98. The spots, produced in both national and local versions, focused on the DeVille's performance and contemporary image. D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, Troy, handled the campaign.

14 December 1997
Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo.

16 December 1997
Four Seasons Hotel, Tokyo.

17 December 1997
Grand Hall, Yamagata.

18 December 1997
No. 1 Hall, Kyoto.

19 December 1997
Grand Hall, Osaka.

20 December 1997
Obad Hall, Toyama.

21 and 22 December 1997
Hotel New Otani, Osaka.

24 December 1997
Shimin Bunka Kaikan, Shizuoka.

25 December 1997
Large Hall, Nagoya.

26 December 1997
Yubinchokin Hall, Hiroshima.

27 December 1997
Sun Palace, Fukuoka.

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