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Les McCann - 49% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leslie Coleman McCann, 23 September 1935, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. ‘There is no end to the possibilities (and fun) in music. So, why don’t we get on in there and get it?’ McCann’s comment highlights two distinctive elements of his music: an interest in innovation, particularly in new technology, and a preference for the dance-based rhythms of jazz, gospe Read more

Bobbi Humphrey - 34% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s
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Jimmy McGriff - 34% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Herrell, 3 April 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Encouraged by a musical home environment (both his parents were pianists), by the time he left school, McGriff played not only piano but bass, vibes, drums and saxophone. He played with Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Charles Earland and Donald Bailey in his youth, but after two years as an military policeman in the Read more

Joe Sample - 33% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Leslie Sample, 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA. While still at high school, Sample co-founded a group that would dominate his working life. Known from 1960 as the Jazz Crusaders, the band, with its core of Sample on piano, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper, produced a series of popular albums that helped to define the term ‘s Read more

The Crusaders - 32% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This remarkably versatile group was formed in Houston, Texas, as the Swingsters. During the 50s, Wilton Felder (31 August 1940, Houston, Texas, USA; reeds), Wayne Henderson (b. 24 September 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; trombone), Joe Sample (b. 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; keyboards) and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper (b. 15 August 1938, Houston, Texas, USA; drums), Read more

Eddie Harris - 31% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 October 1936, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 5 November 1996, Los Angeles, California, USA. Harris’ apprenticeship was served with Gene Ammons before army service took to him to Europe. He had a surprise hit in 1961 with an arrangement of Ernest Gold’s Exodus theme, and followed with three further hit records (in the USA) over the next decade, the most notable being Read more

Willie Bobo - 30% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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William Correa, 28 February 1934, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage, d. 15 September 1983, Los Angeles, California, USA. Growing up in New York’s El Barrio, Bobo was exposed to substantial doses of Latin music, jazz and R&B. These genres later jostled together in his work as a band leader. He started playing Latin percussion at the age of 14 (t Read more

Dave Pike - 29% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Samuel Pike, 23 March 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Pike started playing drums when he was eight and is self-taught on vibes, inspired by the playing of Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson. He moved to Los Angeles in 1953 and played with musicians including Elmo Hope and the saxophonists Harold Land and Dexter Gordon. He played for two years with Paul Bley. In 1960 he move Read more

Donald Byrd - 29% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA. In the early 50s Byrd studied trumpet and composition and also played in bands during his military service. Later in the decade he was frequently called upon to record with leading bop musicians, including John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Art Blake, Kenny Clarke and Gigi Gryce (with whom he co-led the Jazz Lab Read more

Herbie Mann - 29% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Herbert Jay Sololmon, 16 April 1930, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 1 July 2003, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. After learning to play the clarinet while still a small child, Mann took up the flute. He developed his musical experience during military service. After leaving the US army, he was active in film and television studios as both performer and composer. He pl Read more

The Blackbyrds - 29% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The original Blackbyrds were formed in 1973 by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. A doctor of ethnomusicology, Byrd lectured at Washington, DC’s Howard University and the group, named after Black Byrd, the artist’s million-seller, was drawn from his students. The Blackbyrds’ debut album charted in the soul, jazz and pop listings, while the follow-up, Flying Start, featu Read more

Reuben Wilson - 28% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Funk Jazz
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Lonnie Liston Smith - 27% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 December 1940, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Not to be confused with the soul/jazz organist Lonnie Smith. Born into a very musical family, Smith seemed destined from a very early age to make music his career. His father and two brothers were all vocalists, but it was the keyboard that attracted Smith. After studying at Morgan State University, he moved to New York and immersed Read more

Cal Tjader - 26% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz Latin Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Callen Radcliffe Tjader, 16 July 1925, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 5 May 1982, Manila, Philippines. After studying formally, Tjader played drums with various bands on the west coast before joining Dave Brubeck in 1949. In the early 50s he played with Alvino Rey and also led his own small bands. By 1953, the year he joined George Shearing, he had added vibraphone and various Read more

Lou Donaldson - 25% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 November 1926, Badin, North Carolina, USA. Donaldson started on clarinet but, while playing in a band in the US Navy alongside Willie Smith and Clark Terry, he switched to alto saxophone. In the early 50s he was in New York, playing with Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey and other leading jazzmen. In 1954 he and Clifford Brown joined Blakey’s J Read more


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