Three-time Grammy®-winner Ramsey Lewis, backed by his drummer and bassist, is set to perform for Winter Jazz 2007 at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
Composer, pianist and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis is 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.
Mr. Lewis first captivated fans with the album Ramsey Lewis and the Gentlemen of Swing by the Ramsey Lewis Trio in 1956. By 1965, he 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.”
Currently performing in the U.S. and abroad, The Ramsey Lewis Trio also includes Larry Gray on bass and Leon Joyce on drums. The upcoming solo album by Ramsey Lewis includes new works for solo piano, and is being recorded in Spring 2007 for fall release.
In addition to recording albums and performing live, Mr. Lewis hosts WNUA-FM Chicago’s radio show, “The Ramsey Lewis Morning Show,” for which he received R&R’s (Radio&Records) 1999 and 2000 Personality of the Year Awards. He also hosts the syndicated “Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis,” a two-hour radio program which airs in over 75 cities throughout the U.S.
For more information about the Ramsey Lewis Trio, visit www.ramseylewis.com.
This Winter Jazz performance is made possible through the generosity of Mark E. Pasquerilla, chairman and CEO Crown American, and benefits the Blackington Endowment for the Performing Arts. Winter Jazz was established by Mr. Pasquerilla to honor Dr. Frank H. Blackington III upon his retirement as president of UPJ. Winter Jazz is a “must-attend” event for jazz aficionados; jazz fans travel from within 100+ mile radius to attend.
Winter Jazz has presented the very best of jazz artists. Past performers include Savion Glover (2006); Dave Brubeck (2005); Wynton Marsalis (2004); Dianne Reeves (2003); Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band (2002); Gary Burton, with Sergioi Salvatore (2001); Terence Blanchard (2000); Shirley Horn Trio (1999); Paul Winter Consort (1998); Paquito D’Rivera (1997); Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices (1996); Stanley Turrentine (1995), and Count Basie Orchestra (1993).
Tickets are $35 for premium seats and $5 for students. A paid reception to benefit the Blackington Endowment is held in conjunction with this event following the performance. For advance ticket sales and more information on the annual Winter Jazz concert, contact the Arts Center at 1-800-846-ARTS (2787) or 814-269-7200.
The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose facility operated by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Arts Center presents a variety of events including musicals, adult and children’s theatre, dance and music productions to 12,000 patrons annually.