Ramsey Lewis – Live Performance At UPenn
Jazz Legend Ramsey Lewis at the University of Pennsylvania
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Ramsey Lewis – Live Performance At UPenn

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This past March, Jazz musician Ramsey Lewis teamed up with the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Africana Studies and Professor Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. for the Penn Music Department's biannual presentation of an Artist in Residence.

Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. (born May 27, 1935) is an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received five gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career.

Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began taking piano lessons at the age of four. At 15 he joined his first jazz band, The Cleffs. The trio started as primarily a jazz unit and released their first album, Ramsey Lewis And The Gentlemen of Swing, in 1956. 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". All three singles each sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs. Many of his recordings attracted a large non-jazz audience.

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The culmination of the master class series was Lewis performing music from his latest recording project. The performance took place at Penn's Zellerbach Theater of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. DeanMark photographer Stephen Stewart had all-access to the festivities.

"When you talk about the titans of Jazz, Ramsey Lewis must be among them. He has been going strong for more than five decades—always giving listeners something fresh to throw on their phonographs or MP3 players. The concert hall was packed full of fans of all ages, gathered to hear the legend Ramsey Lewis speak and play. It was an honor to be in attendance."