Posts Tagged ‘Ramsey Lewis’

Chicago in the House: Jazz Setlist, April 9-15

A stoned jazz freakout and a 50-year-old hit, "The In Crowd," come to D.C.

Mexican Food and the Other Jazz Church: Jazz Setlist, Aug. 21-27

Thursday, August 21
The partyin'-est, beat-heaviest, most flat-out fun jazz ensemble of any kind in Washington D.C. has got to be Yamomanem. Leader and sousaphonist Monty Montgomery (who you may also know as the front man for Black Masala) has his roots, both personal and artistic, in New Orleans. But his branches extend a long way [...]

A Grand Night for Swinging: Billy Taylor’s Memorial Service

Any thought that the Harlem memorial service for Dr. Billy Taylor last night would be a somber, mournful affair was dispelled after the opening prayers at Riverside Church of New York. First, Reverend Calvin O. Butts (from the nearby Abyssinian Baptist Church) delivered the evening's gathering prayer; then, he said, "One of the things I [...]

Jazz Setlist, Nov. 11-17: Enough Already, November 14! Edition

Still groggy from last night's monumental Cecil Taylor concert, I arrive to find a smothering stack of notices for jazz gigs all on Sunday, the 14th. A bad day for people who want an easy choice, but a good day for jazz in the District — enough so that four different shows, each of a [...]

“A Writing Fool”: A Chat with Jazz Legend Ramsey Lewis

Chicago pianist Ramsey Lewis was gigging with his trio at DC..'s Bohemian Caverns 45 years ago this month when he covered Dobie Gray's hit single "The In Crowd." Lewis' version would become a massive Top Five hit, eclipsing even the original and marking one of jazz's last gasps as jukebox music.
Lewis has remained a jazz [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 13-19: Terell Stafford, D.C. Composers, and More

Friday, May 14
Terell Stafford is a sharp dude: suave, snazzily dressed, and with trumpet skills to spare. Stafford has strong D.C. roots, as well: He spent his formative years in Silver Spring and attended the University of Maryland, where he learned his craft before moving on to the New York scene. Stafford's no radical: He [...]