James Brandon Lewis - sax | Jaimie Branch - trumpet
Luke Stewart - bass | Warren Trae Crudup III - bass | Anthony Pirog - guitar
"A Jazz Saxophonist in his 30's,Raw Toned But Measured, Doesn't sound steeped in current jazz academy values. There's an Independence about him." – New York Times
James Brandon Lewis is an acclaimed saxophonist, and composer who has shared stages with, among others, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, and Craig Harris.
Lewis has been endorsed by Jazz legend Saxophonist Sonny Rollins who had this to say about Lewis “ Promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders”.
He has recorded several acclaimed albums & leads numerous ensembles and is the Co-Founder of American Book Award Winning Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Howard University and a MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
New Album -An Unruly Manifesto is an album dedicated to Charlie Haden & Ornette Coleman and Surrealism. Lewis describes this album as a call to action. “ Everyday is a chance to discover the truest version of your self and charge after that relentlessly”.