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Studio Sessions

Ray Charles and Marian McPartland.

July 11, 2007 Hear the legendary Ray Charles in a 1990 interview and performance from Piano Jazz.

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July 21, 2005 On That's What I Say, John Scofield pays tribute to the late master: Ray Charles.

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Interviews & Profiles

Angela Workman

November 8, 2009 As a backup singer, Angela Workman was one of host Liane Hansen's first music interviews.

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June 18, 2005 Jazz guitarist John Scofield sets his sights on the music of Ray Charles for his latest album.

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November 27, 2004 The legendary producer talks about what goes into making timeless popular music.

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October 22, 2004 Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx portrays musical legend Ray Charles in a new film called "Ray."

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October 4, 2004 Some of the biggest names in music joined Ray Charles for his final CD, Genius Loves Company.

American singer, pianist and songwriter Ray Charles performs in concert.

February 21, 2000 Long after he first improvised it on stage, Ray Charles still used his trademark song as an encore.

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Discover Songs

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August 4, 2008 The singer stopped by to DJ an episode of All Songs Considered and talk about his favorite music.

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March 27, 2008 Former frontman for The Kinks Ray Davies shares some of his favorite music.

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News

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October 4, 2006 Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra play together through digital technology.

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Reviews

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December 21, 2005 For lovers of jazz music, the year 2005 brought a wealth of reissues by critical artists.

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More Stories

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June 30, 2011 As America's birthday approaches, here are five tasty offerings for your Fourth of July celebration.

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October 4, 2009 Hear five jazz songs to get you into a groove, even if that groove reflects a relationship hangover.

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September 4, 2009 Hear five blues and soul songs about hard work and how delightful it can be to shirk it sometimes.

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Frederic Chopin

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Gillian Welch

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Wye Oak

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Ray Sings, Basie Swings

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  • Album: Ray Sings, Basie Swings
  • Artist: Ray Charles
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Released: 2006
 

Ray Sings, Basie Swings

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  • Album: Ray Sings, Basie Swings
  • Artist: Ray Charles/Count Basie Orchestra
  • Label: Telarc
  • Released: 2006
 

Complete Library of Congress Recordings

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  • Album: Complete Library of Congress Recordings
  • Artist: Jelly Roll Morton
  • Released: 2005
 

One Down, One Up

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  • Album: One Down, One Up
  • Artist: John Coltrane
  • Released: 2005
 

The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961

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  • Album: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
  • Artist: Bill Evans
  • Released: 2005
 

Pure Genius

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  • Album: Pure Genius
  • Artist: Ray Charles
  • Released: 2005
 

Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945

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  • Album: Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945
  • Artist: Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker
  • Released: 2005
 

Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar

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  • Album: Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar
  • Artist: Various
  • Released: 2005
 

That's What I Say

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  • Album: That's What I Say
  • Artist: John Scofield
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Released: 2005
 

On the Moon

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  • Album: On the Moon
  • Artist: Peter Cincotti
  • Released: 2004
 

Genius Loves Company

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  • Album: Genius Loves Company
  • Artist: Ray Charles
  • Released: 2004
 

Anthology

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  • Album: Anthology
  • Artist: Ray Charles
  • Label: Rhino
 

Ray Charles Sings for America

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  • Album: Ray Charles Sings for America
  • Artist: Ray Charles
  • Label: Rhino
 

Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again

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  • Album: Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again
  • Artist: Ray Charles
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  • Released: 2002
 

What'd I Say

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  • Album: What'd I Say
  • Artist: Ray Charles
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Released: 1959