Now, A Jazz Moment...
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Most musicians can point to at least one pivotal person who was instrumental in their musical development. 2007 NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis remembers...
Ramsey Lewis: Dorothy Mendelssohn was the piano teacher at Chicago Musical College. And after a few lessons she started saying things about music. Things like, "Listen with your inner ear." Things like, "Take this phrase, this 3-bar phrase of melody and see if you can't make it sing." That was a turning point.
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It went from my parents actually making me practice a half hour. Making me. To them saying 10:30, 11:00 at night, "You've been at it for two-three-four hours. Don't you have homework? Don't you have to go to bed? You better stop now." I found myself in another world.
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This Jazz Moment with pianist Ramsey Lewis was created by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ramsey Lewis on his most influential teacher