Photo By Lindsey Turner
Davell Crawford will reprise his still talked about tribute to the Genius of Soul, Mr. Ray Charles..."TO RAY, WITH LOVE." The last tribute with his 22 piece orchestra has been documented and awarded as, "The best performance of 2005" in New Orleans.
Crawford has been playing piano since he was seven and first toured Europe in his early teens. Although he didn't know his grandfather was a musician, the elder Crawford did give a set of keyboards to him when he was 11. Like other young New Orleans musicians, Crawford brings a synthesis of styles (i.e., funk, gospel, and R&B) to his piano playing, songwriting and singing. His recordings include 1995's Let Them Talk, 1996's Just Friends, 1998's B-3 and Me and 1999's Love Like Yours and Mine (Richard Skelly).
This is Crawford’s first appearance on The Litchfield Jazz Festival.