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Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Born: March 19, 1928 | Died: January 13, 1961

Lem Winchester had great potential as a vibraphonist but it was all cut short by a tragic accident. Influenced by Milt Jackson but developing a sound of his own, Winchester actually played tenor, baritone, and piano before choosing to stick exclusively to vibes. A police officer in Wilmington, Delaware, he made a big impression at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and was soon recording regularly with such major players as Oliver Nelson, Benny Golson, and Tommy Flanagan. Winchester resigned from the police force in 1960 to be a musician full-time, but then on January 13, 1961, he unsuccessfully demonstrated a trick with a revolver.

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Featured recording “With Feeling”

With Feeling

Prestige Records
1961
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    With Feeling

    Prestige Records
    1999
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    Lem's Beat

    Original Jazz Classics
    1991
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    With Feeling

    Original Jazz Classics
    1961
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    Lem Winchester And The Ramsey Lewis Trio

    Original Jazz Classics
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    Another Opus

    Original Jazz Classics
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