JFA Presents: Gregory Lewis Organ Monk
September 10, 2021
Clove Lakes Park | Free
Virtuoso organist, pianist and composer Greg Lewis, is a highly accomplished mainstay on the city's jazz, blues and funk scenes, Greg Lewis represents the next generation of jazz artists. Lewis possesses a deep commitment to discovering his own musical language through specific jazz techniques…”I’m creating music for the next generation of jazz innovators” says Lewis whose style on the Hammond B3 demonstrates he’s mastered the complex multi-manual and foot pedaled contraption. His ability to use the organ’s enormous sonic range to playfully turn traditional jazz melodies and notes into harmonic insights at grooving rhythms; coaxing sounds on the B3 that go well beyond the bluesy basics for swinging soul-jazz established half a century ago by Jimmy Smith. and Larry Young; has earned him a solid reputation for his versatile work around town, in a vast variety of settings.