James E. Benton Celebration Of Life

The Rose Room Bar and Grill, 8102 NE Killingsworth, Portland, Oregon

  On Sunday, May 15, 2016, a by-invitation celebration of life was held for Sweet Baby James Benton, aka “Portland’s Ray Charles.”  The event was organized by Soul Sisters Productions, LLC in coordination with James’ widow, Cathy Galbraith.  An all-star line-up of Portland’s finest musicians performed, numerous volunteers donated their time, and an auction was held to raise funds to start a scholarship in James’ name: the Sweet Baby James Fund for African American History and Music at the Oregon Community Foundation.   This event was particularly meaningful for Tracy, as she and James had become close friends during the decade that her husband Louis and James had co-led the musical group, “King Louie & Baby James.”  James was as wonderful a person as he was a musician—warm, soulful, and frequently hilarious.  R.I.P., Sweet Baby! To learn more about James’ amazing life and musical career, visit his website.  Tracy Turner-Pain with Sweet Baby James Benton

Private Event