A rare solo performance by Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis performs live in the KPLU/Jazz24 Seattle studios on July 25, 2012. Photo by Justin Steyer

Just in case you haven’t noticed, pianist Ramsey Lewis is having a great career.

He’s won Grammy awards, hosted successful television and radio jazz programs and even had cross-over hit records on the pop music charts (quite by accident, he assures us).  He’s been playing professionally since about 1950 and has released more than 80 albums so far.

In his visit to the KPLU/Jazz24 Seattle studios, we hear Ramsey in a very rare solo piano setting, playing songs that are dear to his heart and chatting with jazz host, Abe Beeson, about his life and his music.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend some ‘quality time’ with one of the jazz piano greats … Mr. Ramsey Lewis.

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  1. I was lucky enough to see Ramsey Lewis playing for the first time at Birdland New York in around 1959. I bought a great L.P. at a record store on 42nd Street which included some great jazz interpretations of some classical compositions by Ramsey. I loaned the record out and never was it returned but I feel I helped to educate some other Liverpool (England) jazz fans of Ramsey’s great talent.I was a waiter on the cruise ship Queen of Bermuda and  
    each Friday we docked at Pier 95 which gave us the chance to experience a period of what Leonard Feather refer to ‘The Golden Age of Jazz.  

    1. Dear Tony O’Leary,

      I also saw Ramsey Lewis at Birdland in 1959, August. He began the set with “The way you look tonight.” Also playing was Buddy Rich and possibly Art Blakey. I’m trying to reconstruct my memory. Any clues?

      Phil Berryman

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