Saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis offers earned a popularity being a rock-solid sideman and soloist among music artists in gospel, R&B, and jazz. Lewis was created in Buffalo, NY in 1983. Elevated in the cathedral — whose impact upon his religious outlook is normally central — he was subjected to the aforementioned styles early, and examined music with Carol McLaughlin. He went to the Buffalo Academy for the Visible and Performing Arts. Upon graduation, he continuing his research with Charlie Youthful at Howard School. While at Howard, Lewis could perform with jazz performers including Geri Allen, Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, and Costs Pierce. He was an associate from the Howard School Jazz Outfit that toured Japan beneath the path of Fred Irby, and performed on the Kennedy Middle Honors support John Star, k.d. lang, and Vanessa Williams. After graduating from Howard in 2006, Lewis transferred to Colorado where he became mixed up in gospel music community, executing with Albertina Walker and various other luminaries. He also performed on the term tv network and gained an award for Greatest Instrumentalist at Dorinda Clark-Cole’s performers and music artists meeting in 2007. After building himself being a gospel musician, Lewis searched for to broaden his musical horizons. He went to CalArts, where he examined with Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, and Alphonso Johnson. He received a Professional of Great Arts degree this year 2010. Occasions, his debut recording like a innovator, was independently released the same yr. Lewis went to the Banf Jazz Residency where he caused Dave Douglas, Joshua Redman, Hank Roberts, and Tony Malaby. Later on that yr he was asked to take part in the Atlantic Middle for the Arts residency by Matthew Shipp. Lewis relocated to NY in 2012. He started woodshedding, using a bunch of veteran music artists including Marilyn Crispell, Charles Gayle, Karl Berger, and Eri Yamamoto, to mention scant few. Divine Moves, his sophomore providing, was documented in 2013. It presented the rhythm portion of bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver. The recording was found by Sony’s resurrected Okeh imprint and released in Feb of 2014.