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Nashville Oct 3rd!
Ramsey Lewis performs “THE ‘IN’ CROWD” & “HANG ON RAMSEY!” in their entirety.
In the mid 60’s, Lewis was the nation’s most successful jazz pianist, topping the charts with "The 'In' Crowd" and "Hang On Sloopy". Both singles each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs. Now Ramsey is revisiting these classic records with a very special night. Buy Tickets Here!
The first 250 buyers will receive a personalized autographed copy of
Taking Another Look – Deluxe Edition
The three time Grammy® award winner's 80th
album, is entitled “Taking Another Look - Deluxe Edition” featuring a new electric quintet with Henry Johnson on guitar, Michael Logan on keys, Joshua Ramos on bass and Charles Heath on drums. On the twelve song CD, Lewis rekindles his 1974 career-defining album “Sun Goddess” through a collection of re-recorded tracks from the original disc perfectly balanced with five new tunes. “Jungle Strut” has all the attitude of its 1974 original and Lewis makes magic on the Fender Rhodes in “Tambura.”
And rather than re-recording the title track “Sun Goddess”, Lewis has beautifully re-edited the original studio recording featuring Earth, Wind and Fire. Lewis and his Electric Band breathe new life into classic covers, such as the new high octane rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City” and a tender interpretation of the timeless “Betcha By Golly Wow.”
"I've recorded maybe 70-80 albums, and this album is definitely among the top five" said Lewis. The Deluxe Edition title refers to the three bonus tracks. First,the legendary Dr. John serves up some Cajun style funk with
his rendition of "Jungle Strut" and then up and comers and jazz fusion funksters Kung Fu turn in a mesmerizing version of "Tambura". Finally, TAUK delivers an amazing take on "Sharing Her Journey" that clearly establishes them as a band to watch.
These tracks will help reach an audience beyond Ramsey's loyal fan base that includes today's jazz influenced jam band scene.
3. Love Song
4. Living for the City
5. Betcha by Golly Wow
6. To Know Her
7. The Way She Smiles
8. Jungle Strut
9. Sharing Her Journey
10. Sun Goddess
11. Jungle Strut - Dr. John
12. Tambura - Kung Fu
13. Sharing Her Journey - TAUK
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Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli on Nat King Cole
A live, moderated JazzTimes chat with Mark Ruffin
Since early 2013, pianist and broadcaster Ramsey Lewis, 79, and singer-guitarist John PizzarellI, 54, have performed together intermittently in a popular tribute to Nat King Cole. One such gig took place at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival, held Labor Day weekend, where they also participated in a JT-sponsored live discussion moderated by Mark Ruffin of SiriusXM Radio. Over the course of the hour, Lewis and Pizzarelli (who has long paid homage, in concert and on record, to Cole) reflected on the legacy and influence of this American icon.
Ruffin: John, do you remember the first time you heard Nat Cole?
Pizzarelli: I think the real moment that changed my life was when I learned “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” but by a different artist. A guy named Frank Weber made a record of pop songs, and in the middle of it was “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” I learned it and I played it for my father and he said, “That’s Nat King Cole. You should find those records.” So I went to Sam Goody the next day— read more...
2015 is the
50th Anniversary of "The In Crowd" — Special Performances
Celebrate the Classic Album!
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Ramsey and Philip Bailey from a Recent Show