Sunday, October 21

Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights

Concert Series, Ordway Concert Hall

Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years, with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to crossover to the pop and R&B charts.

Throughout his illustrious career, Lewis — who is an NEA Jazz Master — has also joined forces with countless other artists to create new and innovative music. Collaborators include Nancy Wilson, London’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and Dr. Billy Taylor, Grover Washington, Jr., Earl Klugh, and Dave Koz. Lewis has also hosted popular radio and television programs, including the well-received 13-episode Legends of Jazz television series broadcast by PBS, which featured live performances by a variety of jazz artists including Larry Gray, Lonnie Smith, Joey Defrancesco, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Pat Metheny, and Tony Bennett. Lately, Ramsey has been touring with Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), John Pizzarelli and Ann Hampton Callaway.

Ramsey is currently working on a new record, which he will begin recording in August with his longtime band, Urban Knights —an all-star jazz, R&B, and funk band featuring Grammy-nominated guitarist Henry Johnson, drummer Charles Heath, bassist Joshua Ramos, and keyboardist Tim Gant.


Presented by the Ordway in collaboration with the Dakota.