The Ray Charles Project

swinging tribute to the genius of Ray Charles

The Ray Charles Project

Friday, July 5th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

The Ray Charles Project
The Ray Charles Project
In tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook.

Tony Lindsay-Vocals,
Glenn Walters- vocals
Chris Cain - guitar and vocals
Simon Russell - keys
Deszon Claiborne - drums
Dewayne Pate - bass
Tony Lindsay
Tony Lindsay
Tony Lindsay has 11 Grammy awards on his mantel after spending two decades as lead singer of Santana, and has recorded with such artists as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Steve Winwood. He moved from Albany, New York to San Jose in 1980, worked at Guitar Center, and joined the Danny Hull Quintet, which later adopted the name Spang-a-Lang. His friend Chester Thompson invited him to audition for Santana, and overnight he went from playing small clubs to huge amphitheaters. He comes to the Freight fresh off a stint with Santana at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.
Glenn Walters
Glenn Walters
"A guy who has a voice as warm, furry and comforting as a mink coat. You just wanna wrap it around you."
— Cynthia Robins, SF Examiner Arts & Entertainment


Long respected as a "musician's singer" and workhorse of the ad-jingle industry, Glenn Walters (former lead-singer with "The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils" and "The Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra") is showcased on several albums showcasing his impressive talent in a very eclectic range of material.
Chris Cain
Chris Cain
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
Simon Russell
Simon Russell
"If you are not familiar with him today, tomorrow you'll realize that his voice, melodic application and soulful delivery has always had a hauntingly familiar quality that places him right along side history's greatest musical legends."
-- Stephen Sea
Producer/Composer
Film / Television / Multimedia


Through the years Simon Russell has developed a musical style that embraces the soulful traditions of the Bay Area with his Jazz/Blues/Gospel/Funk inspired vocals and piano style.

One of the most influencial musical figures in Simon's career was the multi-instrumentalist Rafael Grinage (bass player for Earl Fatha Hines and Odetta). He taught Simon that "no note should be wasted! Make every note count or be silent!" Those words have stayed with Simon all of his career.
Deszon X. Claiborne
Deszon X. Claiborne
Deszon Claiborne is the drummer for Clockwork, the Tammy Hall Trio and has worked with Taj Mahal, Peter Apfelbaum, Gregory James, Jai Uttal, and Bill Ortiz.
DeWayne Pate
DeWayne Pate
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. He’s also a columnist for Bassics Magazine, and his instructional video, The Art of Tapping, his been widely popular. Reviewer Andrew Gilbert called his album Melting Pot “an impressive array of grooves.”