Posts Tagged ‘Ramsey Lewis’

Ramsey Lewis, 1935 — 2022

September 14, 2022

Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis died September 12th, at age 87. His lengthy career took off after a live recording of a 1964 performance at Washington DC’s Bohemian Caverns club was released in 1965. His jazz interpretation of “The ‘In’ Crowd” was a crossover hit, and won a Grammy award (he would win two more). He was accompanied by bassist Eldee Young and drummer Red Holt (they would later form Young-Holt Unlimited). Ramsey Lewis incorporated elements of blues and Gospel music in his playing, and was a major figure in the “Soul Jazz” movement.

More:

“Ramsey Lewis, Legendary Jazz Pianist Known for ‘The In Crowd,’ Dies at 87,” Michaela Zee, Variety

“Ramsey Lewis, NEA Jazz Master, Dies at 87,” DownBeat

“Ramsey Lewis, pianist with crossover hit “The ‘In’ Crowd,” dies at 87,” Matt Schudel, Washington Post

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Bohemian Caverns, 1928 — 2016

March 28, 2016

Legendary jazz club Bohemian Caverns has expired, the victim of a suffocating live entertainment climate. Founded in 1926 in the basement of a corner drugstore on U Street, Washington’s “Black Broadway,” it became DC’s hip jazz spot in the 1960s, a place where the “in crowd” could see and hear Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Shirley Horn, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Bobby Timmons, Nina Simone, and Charles Mingus.

The Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded a live album in the Caverns in 1964, returning the next year to interpret Billy Page’s “In Crowd,” a pop hit for Dobie Gray. The RLT’s live version became a hit single as well.

More:

“Last of the Bohemian,” Michael J. West, Washington City Paper

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