Style: Jazz, Funk
Touring party: 6
Territory: Europe in coop TKA
Availability: On Tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater in July 2013
LINE UP FOR JULY 2013:
|DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER & RAMSEY LEWIS - THE SOUL OF JAZZ|
This project features Dee Dee Bridgewater as special guest of the Ramsey Lewis Quintet where they will perform soul and r&b
classics by artists like Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Michael Franks, Aretha Franklin...
THE RAMSEY LEWIS ELECTRIC BAND
Ramsey Lewis - piano
Henry Johnson – guitarist, vocals
Michael Logan – keyboards, vocals
Joshua Ramos - bass
Charles Heath - drums
NEW ALBUM “Ramsey, Taking Another Look” (Hidden Beach 2011)
After his classic acoustic albums in the1960s, the change that was in the air during the 70s enticed Ramsey Lewis toward the electric realm. With this new sound, he reunited with Maurice White, who, at that time, was charting with his own band--the enigmatic and iconic, Earth, Wind & Fire. SUN GODDESS, the result of this creative summit, is an album with sleek grooves and gorgeous melodies that continues to flow with the upliftng and positive vibes of that time. The album reached across the musical rainbow and, rightfully so, it became a huge cross-over hit; charting #1 on the Billboard Black Albums chart as well as the Jazz album chart and it charted #12 in the Pop chart. The songs "Hot Dawgit" and "Sun Goddess" charted in the Black Singles, the Pop Singles, and the Disco singles charts. Sun Goddess has since been certified gold. Fans have always been telling Ramsey how much they still love this release, but it was only recently, he went back and listened to the sessions with fresh ears. The memories rushed back and his creativity started flowing. Ramsey has pulled together a new electric group that can funk it out, getting that good-time groove on with tunes from SUN GODDESS as well as new compostions composed for this tour. His current band consisting of guitarist Henry Johnson, keyboard player Michael Logan, drummer Charles Heath and bassist Joshua Ramos will be backing him as Earth, Wind & Fire did on the album, and Henry and Michael will also double as singers. Sun Goddess has been a favorite of Hip Hop artists with quite a few new tracks using samples from this album, including Mos Def's 'Mr N*gga' from Black On Both Sides, Pete Rock & CL Smooth's 'Escapism' off of The Main Ingredient, and Angie Stone's 'Visions' song on her Black Diamond album. Many of Ramsey's other albums have also been used by countless artists, and he also collaborated with the late Guru on the song 'Respect The Architect' from the second Jazzmatazz album.