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60 (age at death) years
10th May, 1929
2nd February, 1990
|Music Genre (Text)||
Bop, Post-Bop, Modern Big Band, Mainstream Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz
Wry, Earnest, Sophisticated, Literate, Stylish, Exuberant, Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy, Confident, Witty, Refined/Mannered, Rousing, Playful, Passionate, Street-Smart, Freewheeling, Rambunctious, Energetic, Searching, Dramatic, Lively
Nimbus Records, Telarc, Atlantic, Solid State Records, A&M, Philadelphia International, VSOP, Blue Note
The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman
Mel Lewis (May 10, 1929 – February 2, 1990) was the stage name of an American drummer, jazz musician and bandleader. During his life, Lewis was a prominent solo performer, and a professor at William Paterson University, during which time he also authored a book on the art of drumming. In addition, Lewis extended his talents as session musician. Throughout his life he garnered fourteen Grammy nominations.