Based in Charleston, SC, saxophonist/composer/educator Robert Lewis is enjoying a growing presence in the jazz community of the South. Robert is in demand as an artist and clinician, both as a leader and as a sideman. He is also the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Charleston, balancing his career between performance and education.
Robert's most recent album, First Takes, is as part of a collaborative trio going by the name Lewis/Gregory/Wiltrout, featuring Gerald Gregory on keyboards and organ, and Ron Wiltrout on drums.
Along with musical collaborator Frank Duvall Robert has released two critically acclaimed cds of original music, Swagger and Fearless Jones. Swagger was featured on the National Public Radio program JazzSouth, voted in by the committee with the highest score of any of the featured albums that year.
Robert is the bandleader and lead alto saxophonist for the Darius Rucker Big Band. He has been working with Darius (lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish) in shows featuring the music of Frank Sinatra.
Robert is also the lead alto saxophonist and a featured soloist with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, one of the premier big bands in South Carolina.
Robert was the winner of the 1998 “db” award by Downbeat Magazine for “Best Jazz Soloist,” chosen from thousands of applicants around the country.
Swagger is a hip tense up-tempo burner and is a very impressive closer on a very impressive recording.
Jim Josselyn, Cadence Magazine
This is a refreshing disc. Within the standard quartet format, these veteran musicians deliver a spirited performance...Judging by this CD, some great things are happening in South Carolina.
Michael Bettine, JazzNow
...Lewis has a beautifully round, smoky tone that can take on a bit of edge when called for. Whether he's playing a sentimental ballad like Hush, a New Orleans-styled blues like Steppin' Out or snappy swinger like Esperanca, he knows how to make each song sing...
- Roman St
Willing to teach