Blues and Boogie: A Tribute to Ray Charles, Gene Harris and Ella Fitzgerald
Featuring Luther Hughes - Rob Rio - Freda Payne
Thursday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
Known by some as the “Boss of the Boogie”, piano-man/vocalist Rob Rio plays the boogie-woogie and jump blues of the 40’s and 50’s with a virtuosity and elan that has excited audiences around the world for more than 35 years. Featuring special performances by 1970 hit single, "Band of Gold" vocalist Freda Payne and record producer, educator and bassist Luther Hughes!
The multi-talented Freda Payne is best known for her singing career, yet she has also performed in musicals and acted in movies over the years, and was briefly the host of her own TV talk show. Born Freda Charcilia Payne in Detroit, Michigan, Payne developed an appreciation of music at an early age (due to such sultry jazz singers as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday).
Hughes has played bass with some of the biggest names in jazz in a career spanning over 30 years. He has performed or recorded with jazz legends such as Gene Harris, Mundell Lowe, Joe Henderson, Carmen MacRae, Willie Bobo, Horace Silver, Harold Land, Don Ellis, Joe Pass, Louis Bellson, Hampton Hawes and many more.