Trumpeter Michael C. Lewis hails from Houston Texas. Not only is Michael an outstanding trumpeter, but a talented composer, vocalist, and actor as well. Michael is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. He received his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from New York University.
Since moving to New York, Michael has been very active on the music and
theater scenes both locally and internationally. As a performer and admirer of both jazz and classic soul music, Mr. Lewis has performed with such master artists as Hank Crawford, Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Heath, Patti Labelle, Wilson Pickett, Alex Bugnon, Kirk Whalum, Walter Beasley, Frank Lacy, Isaac Hayes, De La Soul, Lenny Pickett, and The Dells to name a few. Michael has also toured Europe, Japan, Asia, Australia, Russia, and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. He also performs regularly on with his group “Soul-Jazz Experience.”
A luminary on the Harlem scene, Michael has performed at such legendary
Harlem venues as The Apollo Theater, The Lenox Lounge, St. Nicks Pub,
Showman’s, Londel’s Restaurant, The Red Rooster, and Mist Harlem. He also
has extensive credits all over New York, which include classic venues such as The Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil’s, Fat Tuesday’s, Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub, SOB’s, Birdland, and Iridium.
In January of 2010 Michael released his debut album “Reflection” on his
Cybervision Entertainment label. The album received rave reviews and features Michael’s soulful trumpet, flugelhorn, and vocals over a collection of cool, contemporary and smooth grooves that run the spectrum of jazz, soul, funk, and a hint of hip-hop. “ Michael followed up on that success in September of 2018with his second full release “Intimate Journey” were he explores his jazz, funk, and soul influences on an even deeper level. Michael’s music continues to receive airplay all over the world.
Michael C. Lewis is a seasoned artist who is ready to branch out in all areas. He shares his gifts as a musical artist as well as an actor and educator. In November of 2010, Michael portrayed jazz trumpet great Lee Morgan in the production “Don’t Explain” at The Nuyorican Poets Café. Included among his many stage performances are portrayals of jazz trumpet legends Miles Davis and Clifford Brown. His influences include Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Henderson, John Coltrane, The Crusaders, Nat King Cole, Ronnie Laws, and Herbie Hancock.
“Mix modern jazz with some vintage soul and you’ll approach the feeling behind “Reflection,” the latest album from Michael C. Lewis. A pleasure to the ears and mind alike, this album is tailor made for a nationwide tour of jazz clubs and better coffee houses.“
Christopher Llewellyn Adams Cashbox Magazine