Mel Lewis

Mel Lewis

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Mel Lewis (May 10, 1929 - February 2, 1990) was an American drummer, jazz musician and band leader. He was born Melvin Sokoloff in Buffalo, New York to Russian immigrant parents. He had fourteen Grammy nominations, authored a drumming book, and taught at the William Patterson State College in New Jersey. He started playing professionally as a teen, eventually joining Stan Kenton in 1954. His musical career brought him to Los Angeles in 1957 and New York in 1963. In 1966 in New York, he teamed up with Thad Jones to lead the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band. The group started as informal jam sessions with the top studio and jazz musicians of the city, but eventually began performing regularly on Monday nights at the famed Village Vanguard. In 1979 the band won a Grammy for their album Live in Munich. Like all of the musicians in the band, it was only a side line. In 1976, he released an album titled "Mel Lewis and Friends" that featured him leading a smaller sextet that allowed freedom and improvisation.show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 104g
  • Loc Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134980714
  • 9786134980715