Pianist, composer Ramsey Lewis to be honored in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A jazz pianist and composer is being honored with a lifetime achievement award on the occasion of African-American Heritage Month. Chicago-born Ramsey Lewis is scheduled to receive the award Thursday. It will be presented by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White at the Thompson Center in Chicago. The 83-year-old Lewis formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio early in …

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Ramsey Lewis, 80, on His Long Overdue CSO Debut

“It’s only taken 80 years for me to write the piece for them, but it’s a good feeling,” he said with pride. WFMT spoke with Lewis about his first forays composing large-scale works, his 80-year journey to the CSO, and his new album.