Born: February 19, 1958
The Judy Lewis Story by Motti Cohen JMC Promotions UK
Judy lewis enters a room like an electrical storm...quiet, but foreboding of a force to be dealt with. So said Hadara Levin of Judy Lewis in a 2000 interview in The City Voice.
I first met Judy in late 1999. A family friend had suggested that while on holiday in Israel I look up an interesting Jazz pianist. Judy had just sold her brand new Ford Fiesta for $12,000 to finance the recording and release of her first album, Weaver of Dreams. That fact should have, in itself, given me a hint as to who it was I was going to be dealing with. What I found, in fact, was a single Mom of 4 small children, working a 40 hour a week day job, still finding 4 to 5 hours a day to practice and promote her music. Our first conversation was a bantering of jazz drummers' names (I myself, being a drummer), a comparison of their styles and Judy's very strong statements of preference for one over the other. Judy told me that she was in the process of putting together a new Trio lineup since her drummer had been diagnosed with a life threatening illness and her bass player was planning a move to Germany to study music. One more in a long line of hurdles that didn't seem to faze her or dim the conviction she had in the music she created. Little did I know that just one year later would begin a lifelong collaboration as producer for this unique 21st century artist…...