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‘Ray! Salute for America’


On Sunday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m., Ellis Hall, The Raylettes and The Ray Charles Orchestra will hit the stage at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill and Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Cir, for “GENIUS.”

The event celebrates 17-time Grammy Award winning Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Composer Ray Charles and Ray Charles Jr., the producer of the Academy Award-winning biopic “Ray.” All those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve their dinner/show tickets early by contacting Vibrato Grill and Jazz at (310) 474-9400 or online at

“Performing the music of the Legendary Ray Charles is great anytime,” said Ray Charles, Jr.  “September is also my dad’s birth month.”

Two longtime members of the Ray Charles Band will be performing at the event.  Leading the Ray Charles Orchestra is globally sought-after musician and arranger — Louis Van Taylor.  World renowned saxophonist Rickey Woodard will be performing with the orchestra. Ellis Hall, a Ray Charles protégé, along with the Ray Charles Orchestra, will be using original Ray Charles music … no re- interpretations. And The Raylettes will be there providing vocal magic.

“Ray! Salute for America” will recognize those Americans that we lost on 9/11 and celebrate all lives that have survived through the tragedies and the worldwide pandemic . A special award will be given to Valerie Ervin and The Ray Charles Foundation.

“At 8 years old I recognized the genius of Ray Charles although I didn’t know what to call it. I also didn’t know how later in life it would impact the music that I have and continue to make today and the amazing effect of meeting and working with Ray both in and out of the studio, and …Hallelujah I still love it so…” Ellis said.

COVID-19 protocols will be enforced for the safety of guests.