American jazz pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis He died at their home in Chicago this Monday at the age of 87, according to his family in a statement.
Three-time Grammy Award winner and NEA Professor of Jazzu He died “silently” at home.
Ramsey E. Lewis Jr. was born on May 27, 1935 in Chicago. He grew up in a Chicago public housing project and He started taking piano lessons at the age of four.When he started playing the instrument in a church where his father was the director of the choir.
When Ramsey was a high school freshman, saxophonist and pianist Wallace Burton, a friend of Church whose jazz adventures seduced Ramsey, asked him to join his band, KlefsoA group of schoolchildren who mix jazz and R&B.
Following the outbreak of the Korean War, compulsory military service was brought in for many members of the Clef, including Burton. The three members who were not recruited – Lewis, bassist Aldi Young and drummer Red Holt – He created what would become known as the classic Ramsey Lewis Trio.
In 1956, he released his first album, Ramsey Lewis and His Gentlemen of Jazz. Three years later, Lewis was invited to perform with the trio at Birdland, New York. His three-week run saw him perform at the Newport Jazz Festival and Village Vanguard, already Grabber con Max Roach, Clark Terry and Sonny Stitt.
Lewis debuted extensively in singles with the first best-seller, ‘The In Crowd’ in 1965. This elegantly funky, Grammy-winning song (written by Dobie Grey) followed Two other chart hits, ‘Hang on Sloopy’ and ‘Wade in the Water’.
Over the years, Lewis has performed and recorded in a remarkable variety of musicals. During the ’70s, they embraced R&B and Latin music. Without giving up on traditional jazz. In 1983, on the album ‘Reunion’, they reconvened their most famous trio.
Among his many honors are five honorary doctorates and the NAACP Image Award for Most Outstanding Jazz Artist. The single ‘The In Crowd’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and his personal memorabilia lives on at the Smithsonian Institution. in 2007, Luis Recibio El Premio ‘National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award’, Which placed him in the holy company of piano legends such as Ahmed Jamal, Chick Correa, McCoy Tyner, Dr. Billy Taylor and Cecil Taylor.