The Ray Charles Project

In tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offer their take on some of his biggest hits. Lead singer, Tony Lindsay boasts 11 Grammy awards after spending two decades as a lead singer of Santana. He has recorded with such artists as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Steve Winwood. Bassist DeWayne Pate graduated from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, moved north, and has since worked with an array of top Bay Area talents including Huey Lewis and the News, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, and Robben Ford. Deszon Claiborne is the dynamic drummer for Clockwork and the Tammy Hall Trio. Blues guitarist extraordinaire Chris Cain grew up in San Jose, studied music at San Jose City College, and over the next 20 years learned his way around clarinet, piano, bass guitar, and alto and tenor sax. He’s played with such greats as Albert King and Albert Collins, Johnny Otis and Junior Wells, Boz Scaggs and Willie Nelson, and recorded ten solo albums, including his latest, So Many Miles.