GRAMMY® Award-winning Pianist and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis returns to the “Stage” with the monthly online performance series, “Saturday Salon” and will take place on the last Saturday of every month and will feature a 50-minute performance at 1 pm CT / 12 noon MDT. This performance includes a 20 minute encore.
Ramsey Lewis will celebrate his 85th birthday in fitting fashion with a digital program available to audiences worldwide. BeginningMay 30, and streaming ticketed solo performances once a month, Lewis will provide audiences with an exclusive concert experience streaming on the platform, Stageit. Click here to access concert.
This birthday marks a milestone anniversary for Lewis…“What’s most important is that I’m playing for an audience once again, because I started playing in front of an audience when I was 11 years old in church every Sunday morning. My dad was the choir director for the gospel choir, so I began in front of an audience there and that continued until I was 15 years old. I then met Wallace Burton who was an early inspiration, he thought I could play jazz because he heard me play gospel in the church. He said ‘Come play in my band,’ but when he learned that I knew gospel and not jazz at all, he said ‘Well I’ll teach you.’ And it was all so exciting, so the idea of performing once again just became so alive.” ~Ramsey Lewis