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An early merger of the country music of Hank Williams and the gospel of the Soul Stirrers gave us the R&B of Ray Charles, which in turn spawned the 50’s R&B of James Brown and Sam Cooke, the 60’s soul of Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, and the late 60’s funk of Sly & the Family Stone. The 70’s brought in the funk of George Clinton,the soul of the Spinners and the Commodores, the disco of Chic and Sister Sledge. This gave way in the 80’s to the dance music of Michael Jackson and the Gap Band, the 90’s dance music of Janet Jackson and Boys 2 Men, and the hip hop of the new millenium.

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Ezra Charles

"Houston’s boppingest, jumpingest original rhythm and blues band " - Houston Chronicle

"Driving R&B, rockabilly and New Orleans-style funk, played with a frenzy that a young Ray Charles or Jerry Lee Lewis once had" - San Antonio LIght

"An irresistible force that’ll have the most steadfastly immovable objects out of their seats and headed to the dancefloor in seconds" - Austin Chronicle

That force is Ezra Charles, who grew up in Beaumont with Johnny and Edgar Winters, later studied piano with Leon Russell, and was a protege of the great Professor Longhair in New Orleans. But any notion that Ezra Charles is a one-man show are quickly put to rest by the virtuoso band members. Much of Ezra’s repertory is original but you’ll swear you’ve heard that Gulf Coast boogie and soul music before.