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04 September 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 2001

Publicity photo, c 2001.

Photo by Zandy Mangold.

Photo by Pierre Baroni, c. 2001.
Set photo, from shooting of Georgia Lottery commercials; see this.
Photos above by Shawn Wood, unknown location, c. 2001.
With Georgia Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul, and Andrew Young at AY School of Policy Studies, March 2001.


This photo may be from a gig in another year.

Lends his name to Bally slots machines. From a Bally press release dated 20 August 2001: "[...] three game titles - Ray Charles' America The Beautiful (TM), What'd I Pay (TM) and Ray's Jukebox (TM) - scheduled for release by the end of the calendar year on a daily fee or revenue-share basis. Featuring new performance video of Mr. Charles at the piano surrounded by the gorgeous 'Paylettes', the games will capitalize on the advanced audio and video features of Bally Gaming's new Evolution Series".

Face glass, as offered on Ebay.
Audio PSA for H.E.A.R. See this.
Ft. in the campaign for the DC Lottery. See this.
In The Gospel Of Gospel (UK). See this.

4 January 2001
A gig somewhere in California.
Photo (c) Getty Images.

7 January 2001
Introduces Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Photos here and here.

8 January 2001
Honored at Trumpet Awards (aired 24 February). See this.

28 January 2001
Pre-game performance at Super Bowl XXXV, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. See this.

F.l.t.r.: Ernest Collins, LaTonya Hicks-Jefferson, Ray Charles, Brianna Perry-Tucker.
Photos by Kevin Mazur.
Photo by Andy Lions.

1 February 2001
Sings Amazing Grace accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. See this.

3 February 2001
With the Toledo Symphony in the Stranahan Theater, Toledo.

17 February 2001
Black-tie Gala at Hyatt Regency, Atlanta ("Ray Gives $1 Million to Morehouse College").

24 February 2001
Honoree at 9th Annual Trumpet Awards. See this.

27 February 2001
Benefit for National Stroke Association at Regent Beverley Wilshire Hotel, with Della Reese; tickets at $250.

6 March 2001
Clinic-recording session with Wilberforce University Choir.

22 March 2001
Concert for Applied Materials, New York.

31 March 2001
On 3d episode of Walk On By - The Story Of Popular Song (air date). See this.

1 April 2001
Family Celebration fund raiser event hosted by Bill Clinton, B.B.  King, Marc Anthony, in Los Angeles.
With Sugar Ray Leonard at an earlier event (late 1980s?). Photo by Bill Jones.
With Peter Turre.

With Carson Daley.
With Sly Stallone.
With Sugar Ray Leonard.
Photos by S. Granitz, Getty.

3 April 2001
Stranahan Theater, Toledo OH.

7 April 2001
3 Rivers Festival, DeVos Hall,  Columbia SC.

12 April 2001
Interviewed by BBC Radio. See this.
Concert at DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids MI.

14 April 2001
On 5th episode of Walk On By - The Story Of Popular Song (air date). See this.

18 April 2001
West Side High School, with Gary Symphony Orchestra.

22 April 2001
Teresa Carreno Theater in Caracas VE.
Photo (c) Corbis.

25 April 2001
Interview with Vin Scully and Bob Costas for the HBO sports program On The Record. See this.

28 April 2001
Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence RI; with Rhode Island Philharmonic.

?May? (more probably end of July) 2001
Somewhere in Italy (according to photo credits).

16 May 2001
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas TX.

17 May 2001
Gold Country Casino.

19 May 2001
With a 40-piece band of Austin musicians at the KGSR Blues Festival at Waterloo Park, Austin (bootlegged). See this.

26 May 2001
Bishopstock 5th Annual Festival, with trio.

June 2001
$1 million donation to Albany State University, donated in honor of Aretha Robinson, Ray's mother; in 2002 followed by an additional $2 million pledge.
With Portia Fields, ASU president.
5 June 2001
Sambuca Jazz Cafe and Restaurant in the Buckhead section of Atlanta (Rita Graham opening; read this).

9 and 10 June 2001
Arlene Schnitzer Hall, Portland OR.

17 June 2001
Clemens Center, Elmira NY.
Gold Country Casino & Hotel, Oroville CA.

19 June 2001
KGSR Blues Fest, Waterloo Park, Austin TX.

20 June 2001
Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA.

24 June 2001
Brady Theatre, Tulsa OK.

3 July 2001
Adler Theatre, Davenport IA.

4 July 2001
Radio interview on American Routes (air date). See this.
Heritage Landing, Muskegon MI (unconfirmed bootleg). Source here.
Concert at Muskegton. 
8 July 2001
Elo Festival in Oulo.

Brad Rabuchin.
Michael Gardner (Michel Gaucher).
Ray Charles, Michael Gardner. 
Tom Fowler. 
B/w photos by Ville Inkala.

10 July 2001
Bo01 2001, Daniaparken, Malmö SE.
Plaeneen Tivoli, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Copenhagn DK.
Read review here.
This picture is also attributed to this concert; I'm not so sure...

11 July 2001
Kings Dock, Liverpool UK.

13 July 2001
With the San Francisco Symphony on a Summer in the City concert, at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco CA; conducted by Christopher Wilkins; tickets $15-$75.

15 July 2001
Artscape, Baltimore, with a philharmonic orchestra.
There might be a 60-minute "audience shot" video bootleg; cf. this. This clip may come from it:

Photo by John Makely.
16 July 2001
Artscape Festival, Baltimore MD.

20 July 2001
Jazz À Juan, Antibes FR. See this.

Coll. Jean Francis Merle

25 July 2001
Festival Verdura, at Teatro Bellini di Catania in Palermo IT.

27 July 2001
Interviewed On Hardtalk. See this.
Freedom Hill Amphitheater, Sterling Heights MI.

28 July 2001
At World Friendship Shell in Wenonah Park, Bay City, during Tall Ship Celebration ("wrapped in his own embrace, grinning like a Cheshire cat at the warmth of the crowd's welcome"), for nearly 4,000 people. Also read this.

31 July 2001
Fraze Pavilion, Kettering OH.

3 August 2001
House of Blues, Chicago IL; tickets $55.

7 August 2001
Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.

9 August 2001
Verizon Music Festival, New York. . See photo here.

10 August 2001
Calvin Theatre, Northampton MA.

11 August 2001
At Yale Tercentennial for New Haven Jazz festival, on the Green, New Haven, with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (close to 5,000 people).

12 August 2001
Fort Adams State Park, Newport.

13 August 2001
At Newport Jazz Festival, Newport RI. See this.

14 August 2001
PECO Pops at the Mann series, Philadelphia PA.

16 August 2001
Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank NJ.

17 August 2001
Clemens Center, Elmira NY.

23 August 2001
House Of Blues, Anaheim CA.

24 and 25 August 2001
At Hollywood Bowl with LA Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Victor Banacore, Hollywood CA. Read this.
Photo by Mitchell Haddad (on 24th).

26 August 2001
With trio at Park City International Jazz Festival, Deer Valley Ski Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater in Park City UT.

28 August 2001
Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego CA.

30 August 2001
Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville.

31 August 2001
Villa Montalvo Garden Theatre, Saratoga CA; tickets at $45 - $70.

1 September 2001
Bay Meadows Race Track, San Mateo CA.

2 September 2001
Harrah's Reno, Reno.
"I am assured that there will be no traffic past Harrah’s from 8:00 and 9:30 pm on Sunday. It’s not something that we could probably do every day, but certainly when it’s an important event like this one, and involves one of the true music legends of the country, we will do so,” said Union-Pacific Railroad spokesperson Mike Furtney."

7 and 10 September 2001
At Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration, Madison Square Garden, New York NY. See this.

10 September 2001
Symphony concert in Dallas.

9/11 2001
"They were at the airport [of Dallas] the following morning when they saw on television what was going on. Three days later, Charles was finally able to fly to L.A." (Source here).

17 September 2001
Newark. "As they close the show, drummer Pete Turre played the opening drum roll to 'America The Beautiful'. Turre [...]: "The people knew what was coming and went absolutely nuts, clapping and screaming. They went dead silent when Ray sang, but at the final chorus, everybody was singing along except they were bawling so hard they could hardly sing. I was crying too, couldn't help it." (Source here).

18 September 2001
Ft. in documentary Say It Loud: A Celebration Of Black Music In America (release date). See this.

23 September 2001
In Jersey City, performing at Remembrance and Reflection: An Observance to Remember New Jersey's Victims and Honor Our Heroes, a vigil hosted by Chris and Dana Reeve at the South Overlook of Liberty State Park (aired live). See this.

30 September 2001
Private Function, Las Vegas.

2 October 2001
Special performance at event where Bill Clinton receives American Oceans Campaign Partners Award from Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, emceed by Bill Maher. NBC grabbed some footage for the Today Show (cf. this).

6 October 2001
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark NJ.

11 October 2001
Jones Hall For Performing Arts, Houston TX.

13 October 2001
Smith Center, performing for a packed house of George Washington University.

21 October 2001
United We Stand: What More Can I Give. See this.

27 October 2001
Franklin &Marshall College's Alumni Sports &Fitness Center, Lancaster (2,100 people).

28 October 2001
Performed before the New York Yankees vs Arizona Diamondbacks game, at Municipal Baseball Stadium in Phoenix AZ. More photos here. See this.

1 November 2001
Performing at United We Stand (or not?). See this.

2 and 3 November 2001
Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City OK; with Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra's, for 2001-02 Pops.

4 November 2001
U.S. Cellular Arena with  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee WI ("closed the show with his gloriously soulful rendition of America the Beautiful. He didn't say a word about Sept. 11 or the time of trial we are going through. He didn't have to").

17 November 2001
Dortmund DE.
Stadthalle, Gütersloh DE.

18 November 2001
Audi Forum, Ingolstadt DE.

19 November 2001
Concert in Geneva CH. Photos here.
Kongresshaus in Zurich CH.

21 November 2001
Zénith, Rouen, Le Grand-Quevilly FR.
Collection André Monnot.
23 November 2001
Concert with the Septet at HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London UK. Read review here.

Embed from Getty Images

24 November 2001
Interviewed by Thierry Ardisson. See this.
Mega Cites, Amiens FR.

26 November 2001
Palais Des Congrès, Paris FR. Read this (in French).

Ticket stub.

Ticket stub (coll. Jean Francis Merle).

27 November 2001
Aalborg Hallen, Aalborg DK.

28 November 2001
Vorst Nationaal/Forest National, Brussels BE.

2 December 2001
Performing with Stevie Wonder at 24th Kennedy Center Honors, for Quincy Jones (aired on December 26). See this.

3 December 2001
Salle Erasme, Strassbourg FR.

5 December 2001
Le Zénith, Toulouse FR.

6 December 2001
Arènes et Jardins de Cimiez, Nice FR.

31 December 2001
Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo NM.

2001 or 2002
Interviewed for the National Visonary Leadership Project. See this.

2001 - 2002
Featured in campaigns for the New Jersey Lottery (“For Every Dream There's A Jackpot“ in 2001; "Mega-millionaires wanted" in 2002). See this.

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