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George Duke - 43% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Funk Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 January 1946, San Rafael, California, USA. Duke studied the piano at school (where he ran a Les McCann -inspired Latin band) and emerged from the San Francisco Conservatory as a Bachelor of Music in 1967. From 1965-67 he was resident pianist at the Half Note, accompanying musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Dorham. This grounding served as a musical education for Read more

Bob James - 39% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 December 1939, Marshall, Missouri, USA. James played the piano from the age of four and eventually gained an MA in Composition from the University of Michigan in 1962. He worked as musical director and accompanist with vocalist Sarah Vaughan until 1968. In 1973 Quincy Jones introduced him to Creed Taylor who was forming his CTI Records label. James became his arranger and Read more

Jimmy Smith - 37% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Oscar Smith, 8 December 1925 (1928 is also cited by some sources), Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 8 February 2005, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The sound of the Hammond Organ in jazz was popularized by Smith, often using the prefix ‘the incredible’ or ‘the amazing’. He became the most famous jazz organist of all times and possibly the most influenti Read more

Les McCann - 37% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz 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

Donald Byrd - 35% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Disco 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

Eddie Henderson - 34% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Jackson Henderson, 26 October 1940, New York City, New York, USA. Henderson learned the trumpet at school and studied music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1954-57). There followed three years in the Air Force. He was already playing enough music to be encouraged by Miles Davis to develop his jazz. He returned to academic study, graduating in zoology (1964 Read more

Roy Ayers Ubiquity - 33% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
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Crusaders - 32% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Funk
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Gene Harris - 32% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 September 1933, Benton Harbour, Michigan, USA, d. 16 January 2000, Boise, Idaho, USA. A self-taught pianist, Harris extended his playing ability from its original boogie-woogie base while on military service. In the mid-50s he formed the Three Sounds with drummer Bill Dowdy and bass player Andrew Simpkins. The trio played highly popular bluesy mainstream jazz and recorded Read more

Lonnie Liston Smith - 32% 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

The Crusaders - 32% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Funk Jazz 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 - 30% 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

Jimmy McGriff - 29% 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

Quincy Jones - 29% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Big Band & Swing Disco Jazz Jazz R&B / Soul Radio Shows Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Quincy Delight Jones Jnr., 14 March 1933, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jones began playing trumpet as a child and also developed an early interest in arranging, studying at the Berklee College Of Music. When he joined Lionel Hampton in 1951 it was as both performer and writer. With Hampton he visited Europe in a remarkable group that included rising stars Clifford Brown, Art Farm Read more

Roy Ayers - 29% match to Ramsey Lewis

Genres: Dance Funk Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 September 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. A popular jazz vibraphonist and vocalist, Ayers reached the peak of his commercial popularity during the mid-70s and early 80s, crossing over into the mainstream charts. He is also justly celebrated as an important influence on the latter decade’s acid-jazz movement.Ayers played piano as a child an Read more


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