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‘InspiRAYtion’ pays tribute to legacy of Ray Charles

Especially by modern standards, it’s a lofty mission: Name a musician whose reach extends beyond genres and generations. Someone who so completely embodied American popular music — from gospel and R&B to country and pop — that he or she warrants an academic conference to explore that legacy.

That was the question Matt Glaser, artistic director of the Berklee American Roots Music Program, stared down when he considered curating an event that could delve into various currents of music and culture.

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