Monday, March 7, 2016

Spotlight On: James Brandon Lewis

The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's world premiere of The New World Symphony: Dvořák in America features the music of jazz tenor saxophonist.



James Brandon Lewis is one of the modern titans of the tenor. He’s received accolades from mainstream cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine who hailed him  as one of “7 Young Players to Watch,” and earned the respect of a diverse cross section of esteemed artists. James has shared stages with such icons as Benny Golson, Geri Allen, Wallace Roney, Grammy® Award-winning singer Dorinda Clark Cole, and the late “Queen of Gospel Music,” Albertina Walker. In bold contrast, James has also worked with such intrepid artists as Weather Report bassist Alphonso Johnson, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver, Charles Gayle, Ed Shuller, Kirk Knuffke, Jason Hwang , Marilyn Crispell, Ken Filiano, Cooper Moore, Darius Jones, Eri Yamamoto, Federico Ughi, Kenny Wessel, Marvin “Bugalu” Smith, and Sabir Mateen. In addition, he has collaborated with the dance company CircuitDebris under the direction of Mersiha Mesihovic. James attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

James is Featured Artist of the Month on JAZZ RIGHT NOW.



Currently, James resides in New York City where he actively gigs as a sideman and leads his own ensembles. In NYC, he is a co-founder of “Heroes Are Gang Leaders” with poet Thomas Sayers Ellis—a collective of poets and musicians—and he is a member of the collective “Dark Matter,” a conceptual musical collaboration exploring that which is invisible but is detected by it’s gravitational effects. Outside NYC, James is an active national and international touring artist with a highly respected profile. Some career highlights are playing such esteemed festivals as Winter Jazz Festival /Sony Okeh records Showcase with William Parker and Gerald Cleaver; The Eric Dolphy Festival with an ensemble featuring Grachan Moncur III, Richard Davis, Andrew Cyrille, Angelica Sanchez, Ted Daniel , and Alfred Patterson; and Princeton University as part of Fred Ho’s “Journey to the West,” an interdisciplinary dance and music project.



La MaMa presents
The New World Symphony: 
Dvořák in America

by Czech-American Marionette Theatre
written and directed by Vít Hořejš
music by Antonín Dvořák
and saxophonist/composer James Brandon Lewis 

March 10 - March 27, 2016
Thursday to Saturday at 7pm; Sunday at 4pm

The Ellen Stewart Theatre 
66 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adult; $20 Student & Seniors

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE