Pianist Ramsey Lewis has confirmed that a live tour based on his “Legends of Jazz” syndicated radio show and PBS television series will have at least 15 dates. They will be spread out one or two dates at a time as opposed to a conventional tour. There are plans to have about 15 show in various markets around the U.S. So far there is one confirmed show, April 24 in Newport News, VA.
There will be two different packages depending on location. One will feature the Ramsey Lewis Trio, saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera and the smooth jazz group Fourplay, which consists of Bob James, Larry Carlton, Nathan East and Harvey Mason. The other lineup has vocalist Kurt Elling with his trio, saxophonist and flutist Ernie Watts and the Ethel String Quartet performing a program of ballads popularized by legendary saxophonist John Coltrane on his 1962 Ballads album and on his classic 1963 album with vocalist Johnny Hartman.Posted by Brian Soergel at January 25, 2008 10:21 PM