Jazz master Ramsey Lewis dies at 87

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New York (AFP) – Ramsey Lewis, the renowned jazz pianist who made a 1960s pop crossover that saw him become an unexpected hitmaker, died Monday. He was 87 years old. The three-time Grammy-award winning artist’s wife Jan announced the news via a publicist, saying Lewis died “peacefully at his home in Chicago.” A lifelong Chicagoan, the artist was born there on May 27, 1935, getting an early start on the keys with lessons and performances at church, where his father, an avid jazz fan himself, directed the choir. In 1956 Lewis released his debut album with his trio that included bassist Eldee You…

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