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Sabby Lewis

b. William Sebastien Lewis, 1 November 1914, Middleburg, NEW YORK, USA, d. 9 July 1994, USA. Pianist Sabby Lewis got into the jazz globe in the first 30s in Boston, Massachusetts, getting head of his very own music group in 1936. Although he seldom strayed definately not Boston through the rest of his profession, Lewis’ small groupings and big rings were respectable among music artists. Many visiting music group leaders, included in this Woody Herman, Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton, had been eager to sit down along with Lewis at such Boston nightspots as the Savoy Cafe every time they were around. Lewis’ bands had been proving grounds for several youngsters who continued to be big names within their very own correct. Saxophonists Paul Gonsalves and Sonny Stitt, trumpeters Kitty Anderson, Joe Gordon and Freddie Webster, drummers Alan Dawson, Jimmy Crawford and Roy Haynes are simply several who performed for Lewis, generally early within their professions. Despite popular record with ‘Bottoms Up’, which reworked Illinois Jacquet’s edition of ‘Traveling House’, Lewis hardly ever made the nationwide big-time, nor seemed to wish to take action. He continuing to lead a large band well in to the 50s and thereafter led smaller sized groups before late 70s.

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