Born in 1935. Lewis is a jazz pianist and radio talk show host. He formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio with Isaac Holt and Eldee Young. He was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2007.
The collection documents the life and career of Ramsey Lewis, Jr., pianist and later the host of a popular syndicated radio talk show. The papers include press clippings relating to Lewis's appearances, CD releases, photographs from his early life and career, correspondence, programs and menus from social and fund raising events, awards, honorary degrees and diplomas, and a medal. Many of the photographs feature other famous persons such as Sidney Poitier, Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis, Jackie Robinson, Billy Taylor and Stevie Wonder.
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1950-2007, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
African American entertainers
African American musicians
2008.3027 (NMAH Acc.)
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