Ray Charles Tribute Planned

Ray Charles will be honored during a tribute concert set for Sept. 29 in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hosted by Bill Cosby, the event will raise money for one of the late singer’s favorite charities, the Morehouse College Center for the Arts in Atlanta. Initial participants in the concert include Michael McDonald, Gerald Levert, Angie Stone and James Ingram. Charles’ final album of all-new material, Genius Loves Company, is set for Aug. 31 release and features duets with McDonald, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones and others. Charles died June 10 at the age of 73.