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Bro. Ramsey Lewis



   


Bro. Ramsey Lewis; an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality has recorded over 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards. As a young man growing up in Chicago, Bro. Lewis’ life was heavily influenced by music and by the age of 15 he joined his first jazz band The Cleffs and later started the Ramsey Lewis Trio. The trio hosted many famous musicians including "Redd" Holt, Eldee Young, Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White over its near 20 year run. 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. He continues to play and perform with many artists still to this day.

 In addition to recording and performing Bro. Lewis hosts the weekly syndicated radio program Legends of Jazz. He also hosted the Ramsey Lewis Morning Show on Chicago "smooth jazz" radio station WNUA 95.5 which now is exclusively on the Smooth Jazz Radio station in I Heart Radio, or online. Bro. Lewis is artistic director of Jazz at Ravinia (an annual feature at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL) and helped organize Ravinia's Jazz Mentor Program. Bro. Lewis also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Merit School of Music, a Chicago inner-city music program and The Chicago High School for the Arts; a new public arts high school in Chicago. In 2005 Bro. Lewis founded the Ramsey Lewis Foundation which was created to help connect at-risk children to the world of music. Bro. Lewis is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago; he has an honorary doctorate from Loyola University Chicago, and is an Honorary Board member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.