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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Legend:Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis



Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. (born May 27, 1935) is an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality. He has been referred to as "the great performer",a title reflectin g his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, etc.) along with his love of jazz and other musical forms. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received five gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career.

Ramsey Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ramsey Lewis, Sr. and Pauline Lewis. Lewis began taking piano lessons at the age of four. At 15 he joined his first jazz band, The Cleffs. The seven-piece group provided Lewis his first involvement with jazz; he would later join Cleffs drummer Isaac "Redd" Holt and bassist Eldee Young to form the Ramsey Lewis Trio. He has a grandson, named Ramsey Lewis who lives in California, but used to attend your local high school in Chicago's Northside.

The trio started as primarily a jazz unit and released their first album, Ramsey Lewis And The Gentlemen of Swing, in 1956. Following their 1965 hit The In Crowd (the single reached #5 on the pop charts, and the album #2) they concentrated more on pop material. Young and Holt left in 1966 to form the Young-Holt Trio and were replaced by Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White. White was replaced by Maurice Jennings in 1970. Later, Franky Donaldson and Billy "The Bhudda" Dickens replaced Jennings and Eaton; Felton Crews also appeared on many 1980's releases.

By 1966, Lewis 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. Many of his recordings attracted a large non-jazz audience. In the '70s, Lewis often played electric piano, although by later in the decade he was sticking to acoustic and using an additional keyboardist in his groups.

In addition to recording and performing, Lewis hosted a morning show on Chicago "smooth jazz" radio station WNUA (95.5 FM) until May 22, 2009. His weekly syndicated radio program Legends of Jazz, created in 1990, features recordings from artists such as David Sanborn, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau and Miles Davis. The show can be heard in 60 U.S. cities and overseas. On December 4, 2006, the Ramsey Lewis Morning Show became part of Broadcast Architecture's Smooth Jazz Network, simulcasting on other Smooth Jazz stations across the country for the first time. However, the show was still based in Chicago until it was cancelled when WNUA switched over to a Spanish format.

In 2006, a well-received 13-episode Legends of Jazz television series hosted by Lewis was broadcast on public TV nationwide and featured live performances by a variety of jazz artists including Larry Gray, Lonnie Smith, Joey Defrancesco, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Pat Metheny and Tony Bennett.

Lewis is artistic director of Jazz at Ravinia (an annual feature at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois) and helped organize Ravinia's Jazz Mentor Program. Ramsey also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Merit School of Music, a Chicago inner-city music program and The Chicago High School for the Arts, the new public arts high school in Chicago. Early in 2005, the Ramsey Lewis Foundation was created to help connect at-risk children to the world of music. As an offshoot of that foundation, Lewis plans to form a Youth Choir and Youth Orchestra. In January 2007, the Dave Brubeck Institute invited Lewis to join its Honorary Board of Friends at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Lewis is an Honorary Board member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Lewis is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. In May 2008, Lewis received an honorary doctorate from Loyola University Chicago upon delivering the keynote address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Lewis still lives in Chicago, Illinois, the city of his musical roots. He has seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Discography
As A Sideman:


Max Roach – Art Blakey – Percussion Discussion (Appr. 1957) (Chess)
Max Roach - Max (1958)


Video:

Legends of Jazz: Showcase (with Ramsey Lewis).(2006)
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56 comments:

Mr. Moo said...

Ramsey Lewis : 'Live' In Tokyo (1968):

http://rapidshare.com/files/360732163/Ramsey_Lewis___Live__In_Tokyo__1968__.rar

Vel_Kam said...

tnx,Mr. Moo

zand said...

Between the Keys 1996
http://www.mediafire.com/?1jyngnjuwly

zand said...

•Simple Pleasures 2003
http://www.mediafire.com/?gkqmrncmdzz
http://www.mediafire.com/?kzgymbunamo

zand said...

•Keys To The City 1987
http://mog.com/blog_posts/1820851/mogbar

zand said...

1992 - Ivory Pyramid
http://www.mediafire.com/?dcglmymmzvg

Anonymous said...

just found the ramsey lewis posts..thanks for the great library of artists and their extensive discography

Vel_Kam said...

Thanks Zand, added

mrpsychguy said...

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the Ramsey Lewis posts. GREAT JOB
mrpsychguy

Vel_Kam said...

mrpsychguy, not at all,for your pleasure , ve funkysoul brothers & sisters!!!

Nemo said...

Hello
Track 13. Good Night.mp3 from Maiden Voyage, is corrupt. Impossible to extract. Could you reup the track? Thanks so much.
Nemo

Vel_Kam said...

Thanks for your comment,Nemo.All you ask will be done nearest time,

Vel_Kam said...

This strange-after downlouds this file 134 times --you first tell me bout that corrupted track:)/
Here link for Track 13. Good Night:
http://www.mediafire.com/?jmjyjlzyehm#1

Nemo said...

Hi!
Thanks for your response Vel Kam.
You're right, it seems that a lot of the MF files I DL and open have an error. With UnRarX, at least I can see which track goes wrong.
It must be something on my Mac.
Too bad for me.
In case I get another song "wrong" would you be OK to do the same as with "Good Night" ?
If it is not too much trouble, of course.
Thanks
Nemo

Vel_Kam said...

Hi,Nemo!You're absolutly right,thank you for pointin' to me wrong track in
file.Without any rates I'll be only glad if you tell me about others errors in case you find them in files...

Nemo said...

Hello Vel Kam
Thanks again for your help.
In "The Movie Album" 1966, "China Gate" (track n° 4) didn't work.
Only if it isn't too much bother, could you reup it ?
Thank you very much.
Nemo

Vel_Kam said...

Hello & Thanks as always,Nemo!!!
All have done.
I'll hope you find out a little time to verifying my other posts too. :)
With my best wishes!!!

Nemo said...

Down to Earth (Music from the Soil) 1959 OK
Up Pops Ramsey 1967 - OK
Maiden Voyage 1968 part_1 part_ 2 OK
Mother Nature's Son 1968 OK
Live in Tokyo 1968 OK
Another Voyage 1969 OK
The Piano Player 1969 OK
So far...
But I'll check the rest bit by bit & will tell you.
Thank you so much for your kind feed back. It is very rare to correspond with someone open minded like you.
Thanks again.
Nemo
ps: is there anything you're looking for that I may have ? I'd be happy to share.

Vel_Kam said...
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Nemo said...

Hey again
Here is a 320kbps version of the live in Tokyo :
http://rapidshare.com/files/239196057/RamseyLewis_LiveInTokyo.zip
And for the lazy ones :-) who don't want to DL the 2 parts of Maiden Voyage,
here is a MU link :
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=P4HLWHAF
In case someone is interested.
Respectful kowtow to Vel Kam for his amazing work.
Talk to you soon
Nemo

Nemo said...

Hey!
Is "Hang On Sloopy" an album ?
If not, then no worries!
If yes, then the link:
http://musicadesdelasantipodas.blogspot.com/2009/11/ramsey-lewis-1960-1967-in-person.html
doesn't lead to it.
It leads to the In Person album.
Anybody has Hang On Sloppy?
Thanks
Bye
Nemo

Nemo said...

Oh no ! Not him again !
Ah, well...
The link to "Barefoot Sunday Blues 1963" is right but the page is gone.
Here is the link anyway:
http://www.4shared.com/file/76807911/28a63eda/RamseyLewis_Trio_-_Barefoot_Sunday_Blues__Lp_.html
Bye
Nemo

Vel_Kam said...

tnx,Nemo,your link added as alternate,,,In Person album consist from two albums,but both incomplect and me too can't find it ...

Nemo said...

Hi
I checked everything from the beginning up to "The Piano Player" 1969.
Everything is fine.
I'll check the rest gradually.
Thanks so much for this incredible post.
Bye
Nemo

Anonymous said...

Could you check "with one voice." Only the first 5 songs can be heard.

Vel_Kam said...

tnx,Anonymous for your comment...I beg pardon something wrong with my mashine...I'd trying upload this file again twice-but both times it was failure.I've no time correct my programm these days.May be in newrest
future I'll do this/

Anonymous said...

Thanks for trying Vel_Kam. Let me know when you get in up there. Your post is all that. In no hurry, thanks for the Ramsey Lewis collection.

Vel_Kam said...

O.K. in two-three hours= all you ask will be done...

Anonymous said...

Wow what a post. I must say thanks a tonne as I found one of the albums which a friend of mine struggled to find for months now. Thank you once again. You deserve two thumbs up! Best wishes. Jay

Vel_Kam said...

Thank you for the kind words, Jay ... We are happy to create one bit happier than you and your friend

Anonymous said...

hi, just wanted to say thanks for the awesome links and info!

Anonymous said...

Hello, thank you so much for this great blog! It allowed me to (almost) complete my Ramsey Lewis collection.

For your information, there is also a 2010 album: "Ramsey Lewis plays the Beatles songbook". You can find download links to this album as well as to the "In person" album, etc., here: http://filespart.com/r/ramsey-lewis.html

Unfortunately it seems that not all links in your list are still up and working. I could not reach active downloads for: "Bossa Nova 1962", "Dancing In The Street 1967", and "Meant To Be 2002". Hopefully you can try to fix that somehow?

In addition, while building up my Ramsey Lewis collection, I found out the following:

- "The In Crowd Live at the Bohemian Cavern 1962" does not exist. It is in fact the same as "At the Bohemian Caverns 1964". The latter is the correct title and date.

- The "Maiden Voyage 1968" links in your list are not leading to the original album, but to the 1994 release: "Maiden Voyage (and more)". The track list is different!

- "This is Jazz #27 1991": the release date should be 1997

Hoping this is information is useful, thank you again and please keep up the excellent job!

Camillo said...

Hello Ramsey Lewis friends, I have uploaded two more Ramsey Lewis albums just for you in this blog:

Electric collection (1991): www.fileserve.com/file/vqSjrBn
Appassionata (1999): www.fileserve.com/file/7PaCcyF

Can anybody help with any of the following?

- And his gentle-men of jazz (1958)
- An hour with the RLT (1959)
- Maiden voyage (1968 ORIGINAL)
- Chance encounter (1982)
- Fantasy (1985)
- We meet again (1989)
- Urban renewal (1989)
- Meant to be (2002)

Thank you and best wishes to all!

Vel_Kam said...

Tnx,Camillo, for uploaded so rare records of Ramsey...Friends ,support the Camillo's initiative. Put the missing Lewis's albums.

Camillo said...

Vel_Kam, happy to help if I can. Here is another one:

A classic encounter (1988): www.fileserve.com/file/hHv5wxZ

I have some more that are still missing here, I will try to upload them little by little.

Vel_Kam said...

Thank you,Camillo,looking forward to new aplouding from you.

Camillo said...

The groover (live 1966): www.fileserve.com/file/HrbuzwG

Vel_Kam said...

Thank you, Camillo, for such a rare album. I first listen to this rarity ... Will there be more?

Camillo said...

I have at least 3 more. To make things easier, may I post here download links that are not mine, but that are already openly available on other Websites?

Vel_Kam said...

Hi,Camillo!You can also send links to Web pages, where there are already links to albums...But if these blogs are no longer there, and links to albums are available to you, then walked them to us immediately, my friend!
;)

Camillo said...

Excellent, then here you can find a valid download link to Legacy (1988):

http://www.taringa.net/posts/musica/7449489/Ramsey-Lewis---Legacy.html

Vel_Kam said...

Thank you, Camillo, on behalf of the international community fans of jazz-funk-soul of a giant, you done,useful work on the digging of rare albums in remote places web... The world is waiting for your new feats! ;)

Camillo said...

LOL :)) Unfortunately the world will soon be left empty-handed unless someone else comes in with some more missing stuff, as I am running out of mine. Anyway here you can get Songs from the heart (2009) @192:

http://gigismooth.blogspot.com/2010/11/ramsey-lewis-songs-from-heart-ramsey.html

The textsnip link will lead you to a valid megaupload link. Cheers

Vel_Kam said...

Tnx, Camillo :^)

zand said...

Hang On Ramsey - 1966 http://www.mediafire.com/?3xaqhaxvsq7j1ck

Dancing In The Street - 1967

http://www.mediafire.com/?9ycs5mq0bhvg4va

Vel_Kam said...

Tnx. Zand...Added to "In Person (1965-1967)Compilation_Vol_2" as alternative...

Camillo said...

I was just going to add the same two albums, it's funny how Zand preceeded me with the same titles! Anyway in case it can be useful, here is an alternate download for both albums, mostly @320 with only a few tracks @192:

Hang on Ramsey! (live, 1965): http://www.fileserve.com/file/6gdNyBz

Dancing in the street (1967): http://www.fileserve.com/file/HJmhNSb

For the moment that is all from my side Vel_Kam. If I find more in the future I will share immediately.

zand said...

Thank You Camillo! I've just got this albums from rutracker.org. I think that Your linka are very important for this blog!

Vel_Kam said...

Links that sent Zand, were simply "In Person (1965-1967) Compilation_Vol_2" divided into 2 parts and renamed. I have nothing against this collection, but it had already presented here ...
If the links that sent here Camillo, which I will now check to prove the missing things from the original albums, I'll include them then in the discography, as Hang on Ramsey (Live), and Dancing in the Street ... In any case, my friends, thank you for effort.
And a few words about the album Hang on Sloopy 1966: I think it re-recorded in 1965, Hang on Ramsey (Live), the difference appears only in one track ...
Peace to you friends ...

Camillo said...

Friends, I noticed that a new little piece was added to the puzzle ("Meant to be"). Thank you!!

Camillo said...

Vel_Kam, great release the Jean DuShon album. I did not know about it until I found it here! It's not listed in the official Website, either. Do you have a magic stick or what?! Thank you sooo much!!

Anonymous said...

Good post.You did a good work,and offer much effective imformation for us!Thank you

Anonymous said...

just awesome compilation of Mr. Ramsey Lewis

Vel_Kam said...

Thank you, friends,for comments...Music of Ramsey Lewis made ​​this world a better place ...

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