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Ramsey Lewis Remembers John Levy

April 11, 1912-Jan. 20, 2012

Ramsey Lewis
John Levy

No artist can succeed on his or her own. For musicians, the support and collaboration we offer each other onstage is obvious to audiences. Equally essential to a professional musician’s career are those who guide us through the business, although we seldom see them onstage or hear them on records.

The late John Levy was one of those truly essential people. I first met him when the Ramsey Lewis Trio of the early ’60s was poised to gain more national exposure. We had done well in Chicago and elsewhere and were ready to reach a larger audience. John Levy’s name kept coming up as someone who could manage the trio, to help us connect the dots between touring, record releases, sponsorships, TV and radio appearances, and the countless other aspects that a national or international music career entails.

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