Mel Lewis

Mel Lewis
1929 - 1990

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First Name Mel
Last Name Lewis
Age 60 (age at death) years
Birthday 10th May, 1929
Died 2nd February, 1990
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Occupation Text Musician, bandleader
Music Genre (Text) Jazz
Music Genre Jazz
Year(s) Active 1954–1990
Music Style Bop, Post-Bop, Modern Big Band, Mainstream Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz
Music Mood 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
Instrument Drums, Leader
Instrument (text) Drums
Record Label Nimbus Records, Telarc, Atlantic, Solid State Records, A&M, Philadelphia International, VSOP, Blue Note
Associated Acts 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.

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