Trumpet/ Flugelhorn/Vocalist Michael C. Lewis expresses his music in a stimulating Soul Jazz style that is Cool, Like Smoke On Ice. His music is fresh yet familiar and will take you to the past and future simultaneously!
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“Showcasing skills to mirror early Miles Davis, Michael C. Lewis is both a student and prophet, clearly showing his passion for the greats while paving the way for future stars to follow in.” Christopher Llewellyn Adams Cashbox Magazine
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 completed his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from New York University in May 2011.
Since moving to New York, Michael has been very active on the music and theater scenes both locally and internationally. 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, and Uptown Grand. 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.
“Michael’s trumpet and flugelhorn playing (along with strong and solid vocals from him) is an experience in purely soulful pleasure.” Rotcod Zzaj Improvijazzation Nation
“With both trumpet and flugal horn Michael C Lewis is a master, he simply weaves magic out of each instrument.” The Borderland (Musicwatch Column) UK
As a performer and admirer of both jazz and classic soul music, Mr. Lewis has performed with such master artists as Bill Cosby’s Cosnarati, Hank Crawford, Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Heath, Patti Labelle, Wilson Pickett, Alex Bugnon, Kirk Whalum, Walter Beasley, Frank Lacy, 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 the New York scene with his group “The Michael C Lewis Jazz Experience” and his contemporary group “The MCL Soul-Jazz Experience.”
“I think Reflection has the crossover appeal to attract the soul and jazz audiences, and repeat the success George Benson found when he mixed soul and jazz together.” The Borderland (Musicwatch Column) UK
“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
“Trumpeter with a solid sense of the past and an eye toward the future turns in a solid, smoking contemporary jazz date that is loaded with it’s own personality even when you know it’s following in Miles’ footsteps (lip prints?). With the best of the seventies attitude of jazz/funk at it’s core, this is a fine display of chops that have been simmering long enough and are now ready to be served. Easy to enjoy even if you are a lightweight jazzbo looking to get your feet a little wetter.” Chris Spector, Midwest Record
In January of 2010 Michael released his debut CD “Reflection” on his Cybervision Entertainment label. The CD has been getting 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. “Reflection” has been getting airplay all over the USA as well as internationally. The title track Reflection (sunrise) has been selected for the film “The Journey” which features author and personal development guru Brian Tracy. The film is set for release in the January 2011.
“Almost all tracks on this album are originals, in a smooth jazz style, where Michael shows his sensitivity, great tone and technique.” Wilbert Sostre, Jazz Times
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, and Herbie Hancock.
“His CD Reflection is abound with smooth soul harmonic forms and funk-based rhythmic patterns. Reposing and stimulating.” Jazz Inside Magazine