A report on Ray Charles and Apollo Theater

Charles in the 1960s
Charles in 1968
Adelaide Hall 1929
Charles in 1971
In 1928 Hurtig and Seamon's Apollo Theater was a Minsky burlesque house.
Charles meeting with President Richard Nixon, 1972 (photo by Oliver F. Atkins)
The inside of the theater as seen from the stage
Charles at the 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of his last public performances
Quincy Jones worked with Ray Charles.
Star honoring Charles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard
Statue by Andy Davis in Ray Charles Plaza in Albany, Georgia

Performers of soul music on the Apollo stage included Ray Charles, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, and jazz was represented as well, by acts such as Art Blakey and Horace Silver.

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By 1958, he was not only headlining major black venues such as the Apollo Theater in New York, but also larger venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival, where his first live album was recorded in 1958.

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Charles in the 1960s

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Gillespie playing, post 1979

Dizzy Gillespie

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American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and singer.

American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and singer.

Gillespie playing, post 1979
Gillespie with John Lewis, Cecil Payne, Miles Davis, and Ray Brown, between 1946 and 1948
Gillespie performing in 1955
Gillespie holding memoir To Be or Not to Bop published in 1979
Gillespie in concert, Deauville, Normandy, France, July 1991
Gillespie performs with his bent trumpet in 1988.
Statue of Gillespie in his hometown of Cheraw, South Carolina

In August 1937 while gigging with Hayes in Washington D.C., Gillespie met a young dancer named Lorraine Willis who worked a Baltimore–Philadelphia–New York City circuit which included the Apollo Theater.

He promised that if he were elected, the White House would be renamed the Blues House, and he would have a cabinet composed of Duke Ellington (Secretary of State), Miles Davis (Director of the CIA), Max Roach (Secretary of Defense), Charles Mingus (Secretary of Peace), Ray Charles (Librarian of Congress), Louis Armstrong (Secretary of Agriculture), Mary Lou Williams (Ambassador to the Vatican), Thelonious Monk (Travelling Ambassador) and Malcolm X (Attorney General).