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Mel Lewis

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by Mel Lewis

Biography

Melvin Sokoloff, 10 May 1929, Buffalo, New York, USA, d. 3 February 1990, New York City, New York, USA. Following in the footsteps of his father, Lewis took up drumming as a child and was playing professionally by his early teens. In 1948, he joined Boyd Raeburn’s modern big band, then played in a number of well-known dance bands of the late swing era, including those of Ray Anthony and Tex Beneke. In 1954, he was hired by Stan Kenton and then worked in the west coast film studios, with... Read more

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jazz
60s
70s
usa
bop
drums
post-bop
50s
blue note
under 2000 listeners
drummer
grammy winner
grammy nominee
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