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Live in 1990

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The "Ramsey Lewis Band" perform live in 1990.

Personnel:

Ramsey Lewis, piano
Mike Logan, keyboard
Henry Johnson, guitar
Chuck Webb, bass
Steve Cobb, drums

Chicago pianist and radio personality Ramsey Lewis began on his principal instrument at the age of four and joined his first group "The Cleffs", which provided his initial experience playing jazz, at age fifteen.

The DePaul University graduate formed a trio with former "Cleffs" members Isaac "Redd" Holt and Eldee Young setting his focus on producing a bebop orientated sound.

In 1966 he was among the most successful American jazz pianists with chart topping hits including "The In Crowd", "Hang On Sloopy", and "Wade in the Water"; music all bearing a deep gospel and R&B influence.

During the early 1970s Lewis would often perform on electric piano before reverting to acoustic piano and adding a keyboard player to his band.

Beginning in 1990 Ramsey Lewis became the host of the nationally syndicated weekly radio program "Legends of Jazz" and would additionally host the "Ramsey Lewis Morning Show" on Chicago "smooth jazz" radio WNUA until its cancellation in 2009.

In 2006 Lewis expanded his role as jazz educator to television with a thirteen episode "Legends of Jazz" series broadcast on PBS.



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