Manny Houston Joins The Charleston Jazz Orchestra For “Mess Around: A Tribute to Ray Charles”

South Carolina native and College of Charleston grad, Manny Houston, joins the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) on April 20th to pay tribute to 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.

“I’m looking forward to working with Manny on this show," Robert Lewis, Music Director of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra said. "He was one of our students in the College of Charleston music department, it’s great to see his professional career blossoming!”

The song list includes:

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

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com. Or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 - $60. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children.

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