Ramsey to Receive Fifth Star Award

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Choreographer Lou Conte and pianist Ramsey Lewis are among Chicago arts figures who will receive the first Fifth Star Awards, to be presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.


Also receiving honors: sculptor Richard Hunt, former cultural affairs commissioner Lois Weisberg and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.


“Investing in art and culture can bring economic revitalization to every one of our neighborhoods and a sense of community like no other investment can,” Emanuel said in a statement. “The Fifth Star Awards will be a fitting tribute to all the great artists of the City of Chicago. It will honor our past as a great hub for art and culture, while also becoming an important part of the city’s future.”   read/see more...


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What a great evening everyone had at Jazz Alley with Ramsey Lewis and Philip Bailey on May 22. In all my years of going to Jazz Alley, I’ve never seen or heard a crowd so involved with an act – dancing and  singing along during most of the set.


Ramsey came on first with his Electric Band, starting off the gig with Tequila Mockingbird,  Coltrane and Philip Bows ballads. The great slow and easy songs segued into a couple of old gospel tunes Ramsey learned in his younger years when he played at his church. He stopped and spoke often to the audience, weaving stories of the tunes they were playing and connecting us all to his craft.    read/see more...