Jazz Master Joins a Lady of Swing: Ramsey Lewis Trio and Ann Hampton Calloway at Warner Theat
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Lewis earned the Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2007.
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*About Ramsey Lewis: * Ramsey Lewis is a jazz pianist, composer, conductor, radio personality and host of the highly successful __PBS ____Jazz Legends __series.
Long a fixture on the smooth jazz scene, Lewis has recorded more than 80 albums and received seven gold records and three Grammy awards, early in his career topping the charts with “The In Crowd,” “Hang On Sloopy” and “Wade in the Water.”
Lewis was born and raised in Chicago, where he began piano lessons at age four, learned the basic classical repertoire and accompanied his church gospel choir. He had no experience with jazz beyond recordings he heard at home until he was asked to join a jazz septet by a fellow church member. The group became a trio after its other members left to serve in the Korean War and has featured a number of musicians beginning with Eldee Young and Red Holt, and later Cleveland Eaton and drummer Maurice White (who later founded Earth, Wind and Fire).
After success in New York, the group toured the country and also performed as the house band at Chicago’s London House, playing opposite others led by George Shearing and Oscar Peterson as well as the Modern Jazz Quartet. Lewis performed on the electric piano in the early 1970s, but returned to the acoustic instrument towards the end of the decade, playing with an expanded band of seven musicians. In the 1980s, he returned to the trio format and also performed in quartet and quintet formats, as well as playing duets with Billy Taylor and solo recitals.
Lewis began composing large scale works in 2005, first an eight movement work for jazz trio and ballet titled “To Know Her,” a collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet choreographed by Donald Byrd, which premiered at Ravinia Festival in June 2007. Lewis’ second eight-movement work, “Muses and Amusements,” had its world premiere with the Turtle Island Quartet in 2008 and was also performed at Ravinia. His last work to date was a multimedia tribute to Abraham Lincoln on the 200th anniversary of his birth, “Proclamation of Hope,” which was also premiered at Ravinia in June 2009.
From 1997 to 2009, Lewis hosted morning radio shows on Chicago’s WNUA-FM. He continues to host the __Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis __program, which is broadcast over the Smooth Jazz network in over 20 U.S. cities. Active in community youth programs, Lewis helped organize the Ravinia Festival’s Jazz Mentor Program and served as artistic director of the festival’s jazz series. *
About Ann Hampton Callaway: Best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical __Swing! __and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny, singer Ann Hampton Callaway* **is a champion of the Great American Songbook as well as a pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, leading to appearances in a wide variety of venues including concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs, as well as on television and in film.
A platinum award-winning writer whose songs are featured on five Barbra Streisand albums, Callaway is the only composer to have been permitted by Cole Porter’s estate to write music for an unrecorded Porter lyric. She has also written songs with other musical giants such as Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll.
Callaway’s live performances include standards, jazz classics and originals, as well as songs improvised on the spot using words and phrases supplied by her audiences. Callaway has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood, and is featured at many of the Carnegie Hall tributes.
She has sung with more than 25 of the world’s top orchestras and big bands, and she performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show __Sibling Revelry __at London’s Donmar Warehouse.
Callaway’s most recent CD, At Last, was released on Telarc Records in 2009 and, like her other recent CDs, Signature, __Slow __and Blues in the Night, received critical acclaim. Callaway has also been featured as a guest performer on more than 40 CDs. Callaway made her feature film debut opposite Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon in the Robert De Niro film __The Good Shepherd __performing the standard “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Her recordings of “Isn’t It Romantic?” and “The Nearness of You” were featured in Wayne Wong’s Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah. She has produced and hosted two TV specials with guests Liza Minnelli and Christine Ebersole.
In September 2005, Callaway performed her original composition “Let the Saints Come Marching,” written to honor Hurricane Katrina victims, on a national TV broadcast on the Fox News Channel. Her song “Who Can See the Blue the Same Again?” was released earlier in 2005 as a single, paying tribute to the tsunami survivors and raising much needed money for The Tsunami Fund of The PRASAD Project.
Callaway’s father John was Chicago’s legendary TV and radio journalist and an acclaimed author. Her mother, Shirley Callaway, a superb singer, pianist and well-known vocal coach.