John Pizzarelli (pictured) and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli will headline a concert paying tribute to the late pianist Ray Kennedy and raising money for Kennedy's family at 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 17 at The Sheldon.
John Pizzarelli employed Kennedy as his piano player on recordings and tours for more than a decade. For "A Celebration of the Life & Music of Ray Kennedy," in addition to his dad, he's bringing along his brother, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and current pianist Konrad Paszkudzki.
Unfortunately, Ray Kennedy's brother and frequent collaborator, bassist Tom Kennedy, will be unable to attend, as he'll be on tour in Europe with guitarist Mike Stern and violinist Didier Lockwood.
Ray Kennedy died of complications from multiple sclerosis on May 28 after an extended illness, and is survived by his wife Eve Langner and two young daughters, Lauren and Brielle. Before his death, friends had established a page at YouCaring.com to help raise money for his medical care, and that page remains active for anyone who'd like to donate to help the family with funeral and ongoing expenses.
Tickets for "A Celebration of the Life & Music of Ray Kennedy" are $125 and $75 for preferred seating, which includes admission to a post-concert dessert reception, or $50 for orchestra seats, $40 for balcony seats for the concert only.
Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 8 via MetroTix outlets and The Sheldon box office.
(Updated after posting to correct the start time of the concert & some typos.)