Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra
Calgary Bluesfest (2012)

Paying homage to one of the greatest pop musicians of all time, the Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra is a 10-piece ensemble performing the hits penned by the legend himself.

Formed by Musical Director John Gray, bassist and leader on the Calgary Jazz scene who toured with the Ray Charles Orchestra, the ensemble of the city's finest musicians recreate the one-of-a-kind sound of Ray Charles and perform such hits as Georgia On My Mind, MaryAnne, Hit the Road Jack and Let the Good Times Roll, among them.

Featuring Grammy Award Winner Donald Ray Johnson on vocals, the group includes a solid rhythm section, a killer horn section and three backup singers known as the 'Donald' Raylettes.

The Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra is quickly becoming well-known to local audiences and is a popular choice for festivals, conventions, weddings and corporate functions. Their tight sound, danceable rhythms and inimitable repertoire have captured audiences whose tastes run from Jazz to Blues, Soul, R&B and Gospel.

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