Michael C. Lewis
Michael C Lewis Soul Jazz Experience in Providence
I want to thank all of my great friends in Providence, Rhode Island for their support and love during my time there in July. I had the pleasure of working with RPM Voices Rhode Island as a guest artist, band conductor and arranger. I spent a full week there that culminated in a wonderful performance at their annual Gospel Brunch on July 9! I want to thank my good friends Dr. Clarice Laverne Thompson and Shaunne Thomas for inviting me to participate again this year. I went back to Providence on July 14 to be a headliner at The Sound Session Festival. The Festival was great and the crowd and atmosphere was electric. I used a local rhythm section which included Paul Williams-guitar, Paul Bouley-piano, Ken Carpenter-drums, and Erick Cifuentes-drums. They did an incredible job and I look forward to working with them again in the Providence – Boston area in the near future. Now it’s time to recharge myself spiritually and physically. I will run the Intimate Journey Campaign through August 31, so if you have not made your pledge please do so today. It’s going to be a great project and you get a chance to be a major part of it. Starting in September I want to focus on completing the project and getting the latest Soul Jazz stylings in your hands! I am very excited about things right now. Your support and appreciation of my music and performances have me brimming with confidence. You are making it happen. Together we are going to have an impact on music and culture! Let’s continue to enjoy the Intimate Journey! God Bless!
I have recently expanded my musical activities to include working with the classic funk band War. I am playing trumpet and singing lead on classic War hits “Low Rider” and “All Day Music.” It is so much fun to play all time classic such as “The World Is A Ghetto,” “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” “Why Can’t we Be Friends,” and “Cisco Kid.” I really like the diversity in the music. War has a lot of fans all around the world and I am honored to be able to help keep the legacy and the music alive.
This association falls right in line with my personal approach to blending my jazz stylings with classic soul and funk. I believe that music can bring people together across cultural boundaries and generational boundaries. I am looking for that universal musical vibration. I believe it was reached on “Reflection.” It really comes down to being honest and letting everything that has impacted me flow through me effortlessly. That includes musical, spiritual, and social impacts. We live in an incredible time right now. People are searching for answers to serious issues that they are confronted with on a daily basis. Music and art has always played an important role in peoples lives in times like these. Today is no different.
I thinks that is is significant that the industry has shifted in a way that affords independent artists like myself to get our music to the marketplace. Of course the major labels have an advantage in terms of financial resources which allows them to effectively promote and brand their artists. Today, however you the listening and buying public have the opportunity to choose what you want to hear in a way that you have not had in the past.
I for one thank you for the support that I have received from you. It is inspiring and I do not and will not take your support for granted. I am currently working on new music for future releases. I am listening to my heart and checking out the times. I honing my craft. I am remembering that jazz is the teacher, and funk is the preacher. I am listening to you as well. So please stay in touch. You input in invaluable. That’s all for now. Peace.
Michael C. Lewis (MCL)
Michael C. Lewis performs music from his Reflection CD as well as some soul-jazz classics. Excerpts from live performances in New York City at The Freedom Center and Uptown Grand. The band includes Michael on Trpt, Flugal Horn, and Vocals, Billy “Spaceman” Patterson – Guitar and Vocals, James Preston – Piano, Danon Johnson – Bass, and Jermaine McQueen – Drums.
I would like to thank all of the stations that are playing Reflection. Check out the list below to see who is playing us in your area. Thank you for your support!
Here is the Smooth Jazz airplay on Reflection:
GrooveJazzMusic.com Internet chart: DEBUT 27*
SmoothIndieStar.com chart: DEBUT 50* (re-entry); 83 spins
See link: http://www.smoothindiestar.com/chart/
WDLT/Mobile, AL (Jazz show on Urban A/C station)
KORL/Honolulu, HI (New music feature)
WLXC/Columbia, SC (Jazz show on Urban A/C station)
KQXT/San Antonio, TX (Jazz show on A/C station)
KUDL/Kansas City, MO (Jazz show on A/C station)
WVAZ/Chicago, IL (“Night Fall”) (Saturday night “Steppers” show)
KXPT/Las Vegas, NV (Jazz show on Classic Hits station)
Music Choice/Satellite and Cable TV
DMX Cable Radio/”Jazz Vocal Blend” channel http://www.dmx.com/about/our-clients
KUAP/Little Rock, AR
WCWA/Toledo, OH and Internet (“The Mike Scott Jazz Show”)
BostonPete.com/Internet (“The Jazz Corner”)
TM Studios/’Hit Disc’ sampler used for retail (WalMart, Kroger) in store airplay, armed forces radio, etc.
WWSP/Stevens Point, WI
KUNV/Las Vegas, NV
WCNI/New London, CT
WBZC/Burlington, NJ (Philadelphia)
WVOF/Bridgeport, CT (“Upper Room With Joe Kelly” show)
WCHG/Hot Springs, VA
WHCR/Harlem, NY (www.HarlemAfterMidnite.com)
KOKY/Little Rock, AR
WZZA/Muscle Shoals, AL
Jazz – the Radio Show/Nassau, Bahamas
Jazz Radio Berlin/Germany and Internet (www.JazzRadio.net)
KCCK/Cedar Rapids, IA
Smooth Grooves Radio/U.K.
KIHT/St Louis, MO (HD-3 channel)
KUDL/Kansas City, MO (Jazz show on A/C station)
WQQQ/Sharon, CT (CT, NY, MA)
WVOD/Nags Head, NC