CERRITOS, CA – Composer, pianist, and Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as “the great performer,” a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections, which display his early Gospel playing and Classical training along with his love of Jazz and other musical forms. Since first captivating fans in 1956 with the Ramsey Lewis Trio’s debut album, Ramsey Lewis and the Gentlemen of Swing, Lewis has won three Grammy Awards and made seven Gold records. On Saturday, March 8, 8:00 PM, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) presents An Evening with the Ramsey Lewis Trio. The trio, which includes Larry Gray on bass and Leon Joyce, Jr. on drums, will perform many of Lewis’ classic tunes, including The In Crowd, Hang on Sloopy, and Wade in the Water, as well as other hits and contemporary favorites. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at
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A Chicago native, born May 27, 1935, RAMSEY LEWIS represents the great diversity of music for which the Windy City is noted. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 4 and soon after, he began learning basic piano-concert repertoires.
Although Lewis was exposed to Jazz by listening to records his father played at home, he had no experience playing Jazz. He was 15 when a church musician, Wallace Burton, asked Lewis to join his Jazz band, The Cleffs. Burton coached and helped the young musician learn the language of Jazz. The seven-piece group provided Lewis’ first real experience performing Jazz music. The emerging Ramsey Lewis Trio featured some members of The Cleffs, Lewis on piano, Eldee Young on bass, and Redd Holt on drums, after other members of the group deployed for the Korean War.
Since the formation of his trio, Lewis has recorded nearly 80 albums and CDs. Both as a member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio and as a solo performer, Lewis has earned Grammy Awards for “Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Small Group or Soloist with Small Group” for The In Crowd (the Ramsey Lewis Trio - 1965); “Best R&B Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental for Hold It Right There (Ramsey Lewis - 1966); and “Best R&B Instrumental Performance” for Hang on Sloopy (Ramsey Lewis - 1973).
In addition to recording albums and performing live, Lewis hosts WNUA-FM Chicago’s weekday morning drive-time radio show, The Ramsey Lewis Morning Show, for which he was awarded Radio & Records’ 1999 and 2000 “Personality of the Year Award.” In January 2007, the show began syndicating nationwide. He also hosts the syndicated Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, a two-hour radio program that airs in more than 75 cities throughout the United States.
In 2003 Lewis teamed with Larry Rosen, founder and former president of GRP Records, and entrepreneur Lee Rosenberg to form LRSmedia, an independent music entertainment company that creates and produces branded entertainment properties for distribution across broadcast, live, and recorded media. Along with PBS station WTTW-Chicago, LRSmedia has co-produced a series of 13 one-half hour programs called Legends of Jazz, making it the first time in 40 years that Jazz has received television coverage.
Tickets are now on sale for An Evening with the Ramsey Lewis Trio at the CCPA. For tickets, or more information, call (562) 467-8818, or go to
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