Support Ray Kennedy and his family

For: The Family of Ray Kennedy
Organizer: Liz Wolfe
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Ray Kennedy was a world renowned jazz piano player, who played with the John Pizzarelli Trio for twelve years.  Ray was a father and a husband as well as a friend to many.  Tragically, Ray developed a severe and debilitating form of Multiple Sclerosis.  He lost the ability to play the piano, and eventually became bed bound and entirely disabled.  On May 28th 2015, Ray lost his battle to MS and is finally at peace.

A meaningful way to honor Ray is to contribute to the care of his two daughters, Lauren (age 14) and Brielle (age 12).  There will be a special benefit to honor Ray and help his daughters Friday, July 17, 2015 in St. Louis:

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR FAMILY OF RAY KENNEDY TO FEATURE JOHN AND BUCKY PIZZARELLI

Event: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Ray Kennedy - 
            featuring John & Bucky Pizzarelli with Martin Pizzarelli & Konrad Paszkudzi

When: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Where: Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO.

Tickets: On sale June 6 at 10 a.m. Benefit tickets are $125 and $75 and include preferred seating and post-concert dessert reception.  Concert only tickets: $50 orchestra/$40 balcony. All tickets available through MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or online at www.TheSheldon.org. For more information, call The Sheldon during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


We are so grateful for your support as we navigate this uncharted territory of life without Ray.

Updates

07/06/2015
by Liz Wolfe

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR FAMILY OF RAY KENNEDY TO FEATURE JOHN AND BUCKY PIZZARELLI

Event: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Ray Kennedy -
            featuring John & Bucky Pizzarelli with Martin Pizzarelli & Konrad Paszkudzi

When: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Where: Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.

Tickets: On sale June 6 at 10 a.m. Benefit tickets are $125 and $75 and include preferred seating and post-concert dessert reception.  Concert only tickets: $50 orchestra/$40 balcony. All tickets available through MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or online at www.TheSheldon.org. For more information, call The Sheldon during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ST. LOUIS - The Sheldon presents A Celebration of the Life & Music of Ray Kennedy – featuring guitarists John and Bucky Pizzarelli with Martin Pizzarelli on bass, and Konrad Paszkudzi on piano, Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Proceeds from this special evening will benefit the family of St. Louis native Ray Kennedy, who passed away on May 28 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Dr. Eve Langner, and daughters Lauren and Brielle.

A highly respected jazz pianist who recorded over 100 albums with artists such as Sonny Stitt, David Sanborn, Freddie Hubbard and James Moody, Ray Kennedy was best known as the long-time pianist/arranger for the John Pizzarelli Trio. As a leading proponent of swing jazz and a gifted stride player, Kennedy was internationally recognized as one of today’s most prolific and accomplished pianists. His style was often compared to a hybrid of Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner and George Shearing.

Legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli has enjoyed more than a seven-decade career. It began at the age of 17 with the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra and includes tours with Benny Goodman, 12 years in The Tonight Show Orchestra and collaborations with George Barnes, Zoot Sims, Les Paul and Stephane Grappelli to name a very few. Bucky was an on-call session musician back when Rock n Roll was young and he can be heard on legendary songs such as Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”, Ray Charles’, “Georgia on My Mind” and Roberta Flack’s, “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. At 89 years young, Bucky Pizzarelli continues to astound audiences across the globe.

The Boston Globe declared that John Pizzarelli is “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.”and the LA Times dubbed him “the genial genius of jazz guitar.”. John’s multi-faceted career as jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader has teamed him with Rosemary Clooney, James Taylor,  George Shearing and the Grammy Award-winning CD with Sir Paul McCartney, “Kisses on the Bottom”.  He credits Nat “King” Cole’s style as the foundation for his music and influences also include Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Frank Sinatra. For over a decade John toured the world with Ray Kennedy and he dedicates this concert to the Life and Music of Ray Kennedy.



06/07/2015
by Liz Wolfe
Memorial services for Ray will be held in St. Louis and New York. The St. Louis service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the Salem Evangelical Free Church, 2490 Pohlman Road in Florissant. The New York service will be at 5 p.m. June 14, 2015 at the Fourth Universalist Society, 160 Central Park West (at 76th Street) in Manhattan.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s honor to his children here on YOUCARING, The Bloomingdale School of Music [http://www.bsmny.org] , The MS Society [http://www.nationalmssociety.org], or to the charity of your choice.

06/05/2015
by Liz Wolfe
Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, prayers, and support. It is with great sadness that we tell you of the passing of our dear husband, father and brilliant musician, Ray Kennedy, who passed away on May 28th.

12/13/2014
by Liz Wolfe


06/02/2014
by Liz Wolfe
Thank you so much for your support of Ray Kennedy and our family--we are so very grateful! For those of you in the New York City area and are interested: the ukulele dynamo duo Jeanne Martinet and Liz Wolfe will be playing a benefit concert for Ray. The concert will be June 8, starting at 3 PM at The Landmark on the Park, at 76th Street and Central Park West. Tickets are $25. There will be a jam session after the show with other musicians and singers, so bring your instruments and get ready to sing! Wine and light refreshments will be served. You can purchase tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ukulicious-concert-fundraiser-tickets-11590873615.

11/25/2013
by Liz Wolfe
Ray has returned to Roosevelt Hospital, but it appears that this stay won't be so long. David, his aide says he is doing well today. 

10/23/2013
by Liz Wolfe
Ray is currently in the hospital.  We hope he will be coming home soon!

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