Composer, pianist and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis has been 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. A native Chicagoan, Ramsey represents the great diversity of music for which Chicago is noted.
Ramey first captivated fans with his first album Ramsey Lewis And The Gentlemen of Swing. By1965, he was one of the nationís 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.
Ramsey has earned numerous accolades during his career, including three Grammy awards and five gold albums. He has been presented with honorary doctorate degrees as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from Roosevelt University.
In addition to recording and playing live dates, Ramsey hosts WNUA-FM Chicagoís weekday morning drive-time radio show, The Ramsey Lewis Morning Show, for which he has been awarded Radio and Recordís 1999 and 2000 Personality of the Year Award. He also hosts Legends of Jazz, a syndicated radio program heard in about 50 cities across the United States and hosting a weekly jazz program on a 24-hour cable channel, for which he was nominated for an ACE award two years in a row.