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3/26/20 – From the Archives: Mess Around – CJO Virtual Performance

March 26, 2020 @ 2:00 AM EDT


MESS AROUND: A Tribute to Ray Charles featuring Manny Houston

Originally performed live on April 20, 2019

What’d I Say, Hit the Road Jack, Georgia on My Mind, and Mess Around were just a few treasures recorded and performed by Ray Charles. Known as the ‘Genius of Soul,’ Ray pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s and 60s by combining blues, jazz and gospel styles. The CJO welcomes vocalist Manny Houston to celebrate this American icon. Originally from Greenville, SC, Manny has starred in many stage and show productions, including his own highly acclaimed piano singer tribute at the Charleston Music Hall.

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Seven Steps to Heaven – Arranged by Robert Lewis
Let the Good Times Roll – Arranged by Mark Taylor
I Gotta Woman – Arranged by Brett Belanger
Hit the Road Jack – Arranged by Matthew White
Come Rain or Come Shine – Arranged by Robert Lewis
What I’d Say – Arranged by David Heywood
Georgia on My Mind – Arranged by Sammy Nestico
Mess Around – Arranged by Robert Lewis
Hallelujah, I Love Her So – Arranged by David Heywood
The Right Time – Arranged by Robert Lewis
Unchain My Heart – Arranged by Frank Duvall
You Won’t Let Me Go – Arranged by Frank Duvall
Lift Every Voice and Sing – Arranged by Mark Sterbank

If you enjoyed our performance, please consider making a donation HERE. Not only will it support this digital concert series (we will release a NEW one every Thursday) but a portion of the funds will directly support the members of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.


March 26, 2020
2:00 AM EDT
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