Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Leslie, a native of East Orange, New Jersey, has toured as a featured jazz vocalist with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, with members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, with Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra in concert in London, as well as performances with Jazz Tap Ensemble in New York and Los Angeles. She began her career with a move to Los Angeles to perform as a singer/dancer at Disneyland. That lead to performances at Disneyworld in Orlando FL and Opryland in Nashville TN. Back in California, Leslie was featured along with Jack Sheldon on the Tom Kubis Big Band recording “At Last” and expanded her career into acting roles in films and television. ...
JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE: Leslie Lewis is all a good jazz singer should be. Her beautiful tone and classy phrasing evoke the sound of the classic jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Leslie Lewis' vocals are complimented perfectly by her husband, Gerard Hagen, and his trio, and special guest Gary Foster on sax.
CASHBOX MAGAZINE: Leslie Lewis has a hot one on her hands with Keeper Of The Flame. A bona fide sure thing for jazz radio success, the album is packed with tracks destined for cooler iPods nationwide. 5 Stars.
- "Of Two Minds" (Surf Cove Jazz) 2008
Features Leslie with the Gerard Hagen Trio, Gary Foster, Ron Stout, Larry
Koonse, and Rob Lockart. It has received extensive national radio airplay
including three weeks on the College Music Journal (CMJ) charting at #28
nationally. “Of Two Minds”was released in Japan on the SSJ label and received 5
stars in the prestigious Swing Journal magazine.
- "Keeper Of The Flame" (Surf Cove Jazz) 2010
Features Leslie with the Gerard Hagen Trio and Gary Foster. The recording
debuted at #15 nationally on CMJ, received international airplay and
programmed on Sirius XM Radio "Real Jazz".
- "Midnight Sun"(Surf Cove Jazz) 2011
Features Leslie with the Gerard Hagen Trio, Chuck Manning and Joey Sellers.
- "At Last" (Cexton Records) 1992
The Tom Kubis Big Band featuring Leslie Lewis & Jack Sheldon.
- "From California With Love" (SSJ) 2011
Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen Trio are featured on a track on this compilation
recording on SSJ Records released in Japan and the U.S.
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