Composer, pianist and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as “the great performer,” a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training along with his love of jazz and other musical forms.
A native Chicagoan, the three-time Grammy winner and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award represents the great diversity of music for which Chicago is noted. He has received five honorary doctorate degrees and numerous other accolades during his storied career.
Lewis first captivated fans with his debut album, Ramsey Lewis And The Gentlemen of Swing, by the Ramsey Lewis Trio in 1956. By 1965, he was one of the nation’s most successful jazz pianists, topping the charts with “The In Crowd,” “Hang On Sloopy” and “Wade In The Water.” He has seven gold records to his credit, including his 1974 masterpiece, Sun Goddess, which became a huge crossover hit.
Like the remarkable live performances Mr. Lewis continues to give in the U.S. and abroad, his latest album, Ramsey, Taking Another Look (2011) continues to generate rave reviews. The album launched the coming together of a quintet for the current Sun Goddess Tour, composed of Ramsey Lewis Trio members Joshua Ramos (bass) and Charles Heath (drums) with Chicago musicians Henry Johnson (guitar) and Tim Gant (keyboards).
Ramsey Lewis last performed for La Jolla Music Society in the Jazz series on January 26, 2008.
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