Born: August 13, 1983 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Saxophonist/composer James Brandon Lewis was exposed to jazz, gospel, and R&B and at an early age began his journey into the realm of music. He attended Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts located in Buffalo NY. Upon graduating James would continue his musical pursuit At Howard University where he was blessed to have played with some of the finest musicians in the world Benny Golson, Geri Allen, Wallace Roney, Bill Pierce, and many others.James has toured Japan with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble Performing Concerts to raise money for the tsunami victims.James played at the Kennedy Center Honors with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble backing John Legend, KD lang, and Vanessa Williams . James Holds a B.M. from Howard University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. James is an alumnus of the Banff Jazz Residency in Canada where he studied with Joshua Redman, Dave Douglas, Tony Malaby, Don Byron, and Hank Roberts. He has also been a featured artist on The Word Network, which boast about 30 million viewers. James was selected by pianist Matthew Shipp to participate in the Atlantic Center for the Arts 141st residency .James Recorded debut CD Moments 2010 and is currently working on his second Album Divine Travels Featuring William Parker , Gerald Cleaver ,and poet Thomas Sayers Ellis
- John Vincent Barron (www.jazzreview.com)
Tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, who refers to himself as a creative musician, successfully unhinges the stifling constrictions of genre on his debut album Moments and emerges with a sound that is both unique and expansive
- Ebony Noelle Golden (http://revivalist.okayplayer.com)
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