Dr. Guthrie Ramsey

Guthrie Ramsey Presents: “The Colored Waiting Room” Live at The Blue Note

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Uncategorized. No Comments



DR. Guthrie P. Ramsey,JR keyboards Kenny Davis, bass David Gilmore, GUITAR RUDy Royston, drums Korey Riker, sax imani uzuri, vocals Kevin Mambo, vocals Bridget Ramsey, vocals


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Blue Notes on Blue Dreams: Reflections on Dr. Guy and Imani Uzuri

When you least expect it.

I think the singer Imani Uzuri had posted something on Facebook about work songs from the African American tradition on her timeline. I must have “liked” it or wisecracked something.  The next think I knew, she was calling and started singing a work song in that glorious full voice in the bottom of her range.  Robust and soulful—the kind of song performance that makes something happen in the room, the something that made Civil Rights workers know that “raising a song” could electrify a church meeting with the right kind of energy.  I slid to the piano, found the key and fell into her groove – which is a standard requirement of this oral tradition.  Her squeal made me laugh; I guess she liked our impromptu collaboration.  Imani is nothing if not a free spirit following … Read More »

The Colored Waiting Room—Presents Dr. Guy’s MusiQology

The following comprises an overview about my new album, The Colored Waiting Room, which will be released next month. In the coming weeks, we’ll release a series of film vignettes about the project and some of the musicians and production crew involved in the project on various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr.       

Dr. Guthrie Ramsey being interviewed for “The Colored Waiting Room” project.

During the Jim Crow Era, the practice of the colored waiting room was a custom that segregated black passengers from the general population as they waited to board various modes of public transportation. They represented in the public sphere a space of containment and even the presumption of contamination. Yet on the flip side, it was also a place where one was free to be one’s self, where one could express things beyond the scrutiny … Read More »

Thickness in the Square-yah: That’s the Joint! Reader Updates Its Status at the Hiphop Archive

Professor Marcyliena Morgan, the infectious and effectual Director of Harvard University’s Hiphop Archive at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute seemed as excited as anyone as her staff buzzed around preparing for the event to celebrate the publication of the new and expanded edition of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd Edition.  It’s not lost on the book’s editors, Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, that hip hop studies has come a long way since That’s the Joint!’s first appearance.

The remix of this project serves as a measuring stick for the growing sophistication, theoretical rigor, international purview, and commitment of “the hip-hop generation” to the highest standards of scholarship.  The two-part event, Author Meets the Critics: That’s The Joint 2nd Edition at the Hiphop Archive, featured the editors in pubic dialogue with a group of scholars or “critics,” was … Read More »

Master Class: Ramsey Lewis, Jazz & The Chicago Scene

Posted on April 2nd, by DrGuy in Jazz. No Comments

It must be a Chicago thing. The rapport between Midwest natives Dr. Ramsey Lewis and Dr. Guthrie Ramsey flowed with the calm comfort of old friends reminiscing about the “good ol’ days.”  Launching the first night of the Center for Africana Studies Spring 2010 Artist-in-Residence Master Class series at University of Pennsylvania on March 17th, the enthusiastic audience was given an experience quite different from the norm. Often, we demand of our musicians to simply be musicians—performing, recording, and entertaining. However, it was on this night that the audience was given the rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s most important musicians discuss and analyze his own music through the candid interview-style of Prof. Ramsey.

The night began with a biographical navigation of the early career trajectory of Dr. Lewis, beginning with his first gig at … Read More »

The Chicago Project: Interview with Dr. Guy

Posted on March 30th, by DrGuy in Jazz, Soul. No Comments

Every city has a pulse. The heart of Chicago culture has a rhythmic pulse beat that hits with every sound imaginable—from the heavy bass of hip-hop to the blaring horns of funk. The cultural trajectory of Chicago is one based in a timeless diversity of black music.

It is this history that has created the work of Professor Guthrie Ramsey. I sat down with him to discuss his most recent endeavor, “The Chicago Project.” This aptly titled look into the sounds of a city has its roots in a course taught by Ramsey entitled, “From Blues to Obama: History, Culture and Power in Black Chicago.” Not only does this include works from his students, but also special events and performances; all capturing the soul of Chicago. Prof. Ramsey himself puts it best, “This project comes out my research of the great … Read More »

Dr. Guy Ramsey’s “Someone Is Listening” to be performed @ UPenn’s MLK Jr. Lecture in Social Justice given by NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous on Jan. 22

Posted on January 21st, by DrGuy in Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Lecture & Talks, Special Events. No Comments

WHAT: 9th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice

WHERE: Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22

Inaugurated in 2002, the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture in Social Justice is an annual event that honors individuals and scholars of African descent who have committed themselves to social justice. This year’s program features Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, in conversation with Camille Charles, director of Penn’s Center for Africana Studies and professor of sociology.

A program highlight will be the performance of the new NAACP anthem, “Someone Is Listening.” The song, composed by Penn music professor Guthrie Ramsey Jr. was commissioned in honor of the NAACP’s 100th anniversary.

The Center for Africana Studies and the Annenberg School for Communication at Penn will present the lecture as part of … Read More »

Special Appearance by Jazz Bassist Kenny Davis @ UPenn TODAY 12PM Fisher Bennett Hall Rm 419! Part of Jazz & the Word Series Hosted by Dr. Guy!

Posted on November 12th, by DrGuy in Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Jazz, Special Events. No Comments

Dr. Guy’s MusiQology is Bringin’ Down the Int’l House Philly Tomorrow Nov 9th @ 6PM Special FREE Performance! Hear Hot New Music from Dr. Guy!

Posted on November 8th, by DrGuy in Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Dr. Guy's MusiQology, Jazz, Special Events. No Comments

Jazz & The Word starts tomorrow Nov 5 with Beat Poet Hettie Jones! Come check it out @12PM UPenn Fisher Bennett Hall Recital Hall Room 419!

Posted on November 4th, by DrGuy in Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Jazz, Special Events. 1 Comment

EVENT: Join Musiqology for the “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?”

The Sexual Politics of Black Sacred Music 

7:00-9:00 P.M. Public Conversation at First Corinthians Baptist Church, Harlem

Moderator: Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., Edmund J. and Louise...

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[Review] A Closer Look at Kendrick Scott and Oracle’s Conviction 

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Event: Tomorrow, 7/17 Straight No Chaser – A No Nonsense Conversation about Jazz

Tomorrow Musiqology will join our Managing Editor, Fredara M. Hadley (@fredaraMareva) and for the second installment of Jooksi University. This month’s topic? Straight No...

Reach for It: A Farewell Salute to My Friend J. Anthony ThompSon

About six years ago on a golf outing in South Jersey it was my good fortune to be paired with a guy...

Music Critics Making Moves: Fredara M. Hadley

It’s a new day in black music research! One of the reasons I say this is that the field was once anchored...

Music Critics Making Moves: Rashod Ollison

We’re happy to continue our music critics series with a feature on the writer Rashod Ollison (@RashodOllison).  I learned about his work...