Jazz star Ramsey Lewis turns to composing

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Lewis‘ compositions reflect his classical music training, his gospel background and his life as a jazz musician, Hall said.

“He’s very talented at taking a mood, whatever that mood may be or wants it to be, and putting it to music,” Hall said. “There’s a lot of music in his head that people weren’t aware of all these years.”

Those compositions add another layer to Lewis‘ musicianship, Hall said.

“It’s just another stage in his life that is definitely going to enable him to continue his legacy,” Hall said.

For Lewis, the combination of composing and performing has taught him life isn’t just one moment that can be recaptured.

“Life is a solo, and it continues,” he said. “I just know that when I put my hands on the piano it’s going to flow.”

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