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Victor Vann Lewis, 20 May 1950, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Encouraged by his parents, both of whom were classically trained musicians who worked in various territory bands in the 40s, Lewis was destined for a career in music. Although he started out on cello and studied piano, it was on drums that he concentrated from the age of 11. He played professionally from his early teens, working in many different areas of music. His jazz leanings found him drumming in rhythm sections backing visiting musicians in his home town. He studied at university but by the early 70s had taken to music full time. In New York City in 1974, he played with Woody Shaw and Buster Williams, developing an on-going relationship with the former that lasted a decade. He then spent another decade accompanying Stan Getz. In the late 80s Lewis toured Scandinavia as a member of Getzs quartet, the other two rhythm section members being Kenny Barron and Rufus Reid.
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