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Ramsey Lewis & John Pizarelli Performance Rescheduled for February 11

Sarasota FL (January 5, 2018) – Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli have rescheduled their Sarasota performance Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Nat King Cole Tribute due to illness. The performance was originally set for Wednesday, January 10 at 8PM. The rescheduled date is Sunday, February 11 at 7PM.


A spokesman for Mr. Lewis released the following statement: “Ramsey was admitted to the hospital Friday morning with abdominal pain. After tests, it was determined that old scar tissue was causing the pain and he underwent surgery to resolve the issue. The procedure was a success and Ramsey has since been released from the hospital, but his Sarasota concert must be postponed so he can properly recuperate. He apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to seeing his fans on the new performance date.”


Patrons of the Van Wezel who purchased tickets to the original performance date will be able to retain their seats and use their original tickets for entry on the new date. If ticket holders cannot attend the rescheduled date they may return their tickets for an exchange, account credit or refund. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Further information can be obtained from the Box Office, or by calling 941-953-3368.




Dee Dee Bridgewater Steps in for Recuperating Ramsey Lewis at JAZZ ROOTS Jan. 12 Concert at

The Arsht – Joining Joey Alexander

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has announced that Dee Dee Bridgewater will replace Ramsey Lewis as co-headliner for the upcoming JAZZ ROOTS concert Friday January 12, 2018. She will join 14-year-old piano sensation Joey Alexander on the bill.


Ramsey Lewis was admitted to the hospital for minor surgery on

December 29 and is currently home recuperating. He is expected to

begin performing again in February.


“Ramsey Lewis has been a fan favorite and avid supporter of the JAZZ ROOTS series. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back at the Arsht Center in the near future,” stated Liz Wallace, vice president programming for the Arsht Center.  She further stated, "We so appreciate that the sensational Ms. Bridgewater has been able to find time in her busy schedule to join us for this concert.  It is a gift. Audiences at the Arsht Center have loved her previous JAZZ ROOTS performances, Jazz Meets Gershwin and the Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard.  We are in for a treat with Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Memphis; this is going to be a party.  I know our Miami audience will greet her with open arms.”


An homage to the music of Memphis, her hometown, the concert will recapture the magic and history of blues, R&B and soul classics with Bridgewater’s own fierce passion, originality and incredibly dynamic take. Bridgewater is an icon in the jazz world.  She is a three-time GRAMMY® Award winning vocalist, a Tony Award winner, UN Goodwill Ambassador and 2017 NEA Jazz Master honoree.  Her latest album “Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready” was released in September 2017 to great critical praise.  The highly anticipated recording was in the works for several years as she returned to her birth city to continue the musical exploration of her roots and influences.  In a recent NY Times feature written about her appearance at New York’s Blue Note, it is reported she opened the set with a short, half-rapped opening statement:  “I’m 67 years old, I’m happy to be, and I have decided to do a record that is for me,”  “I hope that you will enjoy yourself. Welcome to my party.”


JAZZ ROOTS:  DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER AND JOEY ALEXANDER takes place January 12, 2018, as previously announced, at 8 p.m. at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.


A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase. Price:

$45, $55, $65, $85 and $125*.


Tickets can be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. or online at


Guests with questions or those wanting to purchase tickets by phone can do so by calling the Box Office at (305) 949-6722.




Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli on Nat King Cole

A live, moderated JazzTimes chat with Mark Ruffin

Since early 2013, pianist and broadcaster Ramsey Lewis, 79, and singer-guitarist John PizzarellI, 54, have performed together intermittently in a popular tribute to Nat King Cole. One such gig took place at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival, held Labor Day weekend, where they also participated in a JT-sponsored live discussion moderated by Mark Ruffin of SiriusXM Radio. Over the course of the hour, Lewis and Pizzarelli (who has long paid homage, in concert and on record, to Cole) reflected on the legacy and influence of this American icon.


Ruffin: John, do you remember the first time you heard Nat Cole?

Pizzarelli: I think the real moment that changed my life was when I learned “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” but by a different artist. A guy named Frank Weber made a record of pop songs, and in the middle of it was “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” I learned it and I played it for my father and he said, “That’s Nat King Cole. You should find those records.” So I went to Sam Goody the next day— read more...


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