Ramsey Lewis Electric Band with Special Guest Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire
Thu, May 22 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Sun, May 25, 2014
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents the Ramsey Lewis Electric Band with special guest vocalist Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire. Band members are Ramsey Lewis (piano), Philip Bailey (vocals & percussion), Henry Johnson (guitar), Joshua Ramos (bass), Charles Heath (drums) and Tim Gant (keyboards). Set times Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm all nights.
The great performer, composer, pianist and jazz legend; the three-time Grammy winner and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, Ramsey Lewis unites with soul, gospel, funk singer, songwriter and percussionist Philip Bailey for four enticing evenings of jazz and R&B classics that grew out of their legendary careers. Bailey has won seven Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Song-writers Hall of Fame.
Ramsey Lewis first captivated fans with his first album Ramsey Lewis and the Gentlemen of Swing by the Ramsey Lewis Trio. 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”. He has three Grammy Awards and seven gold records to his credit. Often called legendary, Ramsey concedes “It’s a high honor when someone says so, but I don’t see myself that way. What keeps me enthusiastic and energizes me, is the realization that the more I learn, the more I find there is to know.”
For a musical figure with an illustrious past and a busy present, Philip Bailey has somehow remained firmly focused on the future. “I look at my whole career as part of constantly building, maturing and growing,” explains Bailey. “For me, the gift of making music is all about evolving. Millions of music lovers around the world discovered Bailey through his wildly successful work as a core member, writer, musician and the other lead vocalist along with Maurice White in the legendary group, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.
Bailey has a forward-thinking approach to music which has been at the heart of his solo career that began with 1982′s Continuation, and the 1984 platinum follow-up Chinese Wall, produced by Phil Collins featuring their global smash duet “Easy Lover.” Bailey has continued to use his solo career to explore; he released four gospel albums between 1984 and 1991, including the Grammy-winning Triumph in 1986. It was on 2002′s Soul on Jazz that Bailey was able to begin to focus on singing jazz in a new way.
Bailey has been named an honorary Doctor of Music by both the Berklee College of Music and Columbia College in Chicago.
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