Ramsey Lewis Plays Tribute to Billy Taylor

January 13th, 2011, 9:55 am by Greg

The concert by jazz pianist, composer and educator Billy Taylor was slated to be the season-closing crown jewel in the spring schedule at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany on Friday, April 29.

But the 89-year-old Taylor passed away just after Christmas.

Fortunately, Sal Prizio at the Massry Center was able to secure a most appropriate substitute booking.

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Ramsey Lewis – veteran jazz pianist, composer and longtime friend of Taylor – will play a solo concert at the Massry Center at 8pm on Friday, April 29. Lewis will kick off the evening with a question-and-answer session at 7:30pm, followed by the concert, which is being billed as “An Evening with Ramsey Lewis – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Jazz Legend Dr. Billy Taylor.”

Tickets for the evening’s performance are on sale now for $25.

Here’s a vintage Lewis take on one of his big hits from the ’60s, “Wade in the Water”…

2 thoughts on “Ramsey Lewis Plays Tribute to Billy Taylor”

  1. Ramsey Lewis, “The In Crowd”?

  2. Greg says:

    Michael: Yes, the very same. He also had a big mid-’60s pop hit with a jazz/funk remake of the McCoys’ “Hang On Sloopy.”

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