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Mel Lewis

dr, 1929-1990 US, Buffalo, New York
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Melvin Sokoloff

Mel Lewis (May 10, 1929 – February 2, 1990) was the stage name of an American drummer, jazz musician and bandleader. During his life, Lewis was a prominent solo performer, and a professor at William Paterson University, during which time he also authored a book on the art of drumming. In addition, Lewis extended his talents as session musician. Throughout his life he garnered fourteen Grammy nominations.

  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Plays With
Al Cohn-Richie Kamuca Sextet
Al Porcino Big Band
Bill Holman / Mel Lewis Quintet
Bill Holman's Great Big Band
Bill Perkins Octet
Bob Brookmeyer And His Orchestra
Bob Cooper Nonet
Bobby Troup And His Stars Of Jazz
Bud Shank And Bill Perkins Quintet
Charlie Mariano Quartet
Clark Terry's Septet
Dave Pell Octet
Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
Dizzy Gillespie Quintet
Don Fagerquist Octet
Eric Dolphy Quartet
Friedrich Gulda Und Sein Eurojazz-Orchester
Gerry Mulligan & The Concert Jazz Band
Gugge Hedrenius Big Blues Band
Herbie Mann's Californians
Jack Sheldon And His Exciting All-Star Big-Band
Jerry Gray And His Orchestra
Jimmy Knepper Quintet
Jimmy Rowles Septet
Joanne Grauer Trio
Joe Lovano Quartet
John Colianni Trio
Loren Schoenberg And His Jazz Orchestra
Marty Paich Big Band
Marty Paich Quintet
Marty Paich Trio
Med Flory Orchestra
Mel Lewis Quintet
Mel Lewis Sextet
Pepper Adams Quartet
Pepper Adams Quintet
Phil Bodner & Company
Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
Russ Freeman Quartet
Sal Salvador Sextet
Shorty Rogers And His Giants
Shorty Rogers And His Orchestra
Shorty Rogers Big Band
Sonny Stitt Quartet
Stan Kenton And His Orchestra
Terry Gibbs And His Orchestra
Terry Gibbs Big Band
Terry Gibbs Dream Band
Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra
Thad Jones / Pepper Adams Quintet
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
The Bob Keene Quintet
The Buddy Bregman Band
The Calvin Jackson Quartet
The Claude Williamson Trio
The Five
The Frank Rosolino Sextet
The Gary McFarland Sextet
The Gellers
The Georgie Auld Quintet
The Howard Alden Trio
The Jimmy Rowles Sextet
The Kentonians
The Lennie Niehaus Octet
The Marty Paich Dek-Tette
The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
The Mel Lewis Orchestra
The Mel Lewis Septet
The Pete Malinverni Trio
The Thad Jones Mel Lewis Quartet
The Zoot Sims-Russ Freeman Quintet
Woody Herman And His Orchestra
Woody Herman And The Swingin' Herd
Woody Herman's Big New Herd
The Trombones, Inc.
Joy Bryan
The Jazz Orchestra
Kokee Band
Percussion All Stars
Brasilia Nueve
Members Of The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Members Of The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Oscar Peterson Trio & Orchestra
Terry Gibbs And His Exciting Big Band
The Bernie Leighton Quintet
The Jazz Giants
Calvin Jackson And His Orchestra
Georgie Auld And His Sextet
Friedrich Gulda's Reunion Big Band
The Gilbert & Sullivan Jazz Workshop
WDR Big Band And Strings
Jimmy McGriff Big Band
The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Rhythm Section
The Kenton Sidemen
Buck Clayton And His Swing Band
The Marty Paich Septet
Paris All-Star Blues
The Great New Gus Bivona Band
Popular Tracks   
Tell Me When on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 4 by Ben Webster
Chelsea Bridge on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 4 by Ben Webster
The Groove Merchant (Live) [1994 Remaster] on Central Park North by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
Us - Remixed & Remastered 1994 on Consummation by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
The Cat Walk on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 4 by Ben Webster
Get Out Of My Life Woman on Droppin' Science by Various Artists
A Child Is Born - Remixed & Remastered 1994 on Consummation by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
It Only Happens Every Time - Remixed & Remastered 1994 on Consummation by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
Big Dipper on Central Park North by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis
Groove Merchant - Live on Live On Tour Switzerland by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
On The Way To The SkyBob Brookmeyer, Jim Hall, Mel Lewis, WDR Big Band Köln2016Album
Presenting Thad Jones, Mel Lewis & "The Jazz Orchestra" / Live At The Village Vanguard / The Big Band Sound Of Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Featuring Miss Ruth BrownThad Jones & Mel Lewis2012Compil.
New Groove & Barefoot AdventureThe Bud Shank Quintet And The Bud Shank Sextet Featuring Carmell Jones & Bob Cooper With Dennis Budimir, Gary Peacock, Mel Lewis & Shelly Manne2011Compil.
Frankenstein vs the creature from blood coveMel Lewis2007Album
Live At The Village VanguardMel Lewis1993Album
MemorialJoe Maini, Richie Kamuca, Victor Feldman, Lou Levy, Buddy Clark, Mel Lewis1990Album
Kenton '56 In ConcertStan Kenton Featuring Pepper Adams, Mel Lewis, Lennie Niehaus, Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins1990Album
Village Vanguard Live Sessions 1Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Mel Lewis, Ray Nance, Pepper Adams, Richard Davis1990Compil.
Last RecordingsMel Lewis & WDR Big Band Köln1990Compil.
Don't Be ShyThe Pete Malinverni Trio With Mel Lewis, Dennis Irwin1988Album
Live In ViennaRoman Schwaller Jazzquartet feat. Mel Lewis, Roberto Di Gioia, Thomas Stabenow1987Album
Keep HotJoe Haider Jazz Orchestra Starring Mel Lewis1987Album
Jazz DeliveryHacke Björksten / Mel Lewis / Ulf Johansson Werre1987Album
In A Sentimental MoodBob Stewart, Hank Jones, Michael Moore, Mel Lewis1986Album
Great Arrangers And ComposersDon Redman, Billy Strayhorn, Mel Lewis, Herbie Hancock1984Compil.
Make Me Smile & Other New Works By Bob BrookmeyerMel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra1982Album
Star HighsWarne Marsh With Hank Jones, George Mraz And Mel Lewis1982Album
The Third StoneJiggs Whigham, Bill Holman, Mel Lewis, WDR Big Band And Strings1982Album
Live In MontreuxMel Lewis And The Jazz Orchestra1981Album
Bob Brookmeyer - Composer & ArrangerMel Lewis And The Jazz Orchestra1980Album
NaturallyMel Lewis And The Jazz Orchestra1979Album
Blues In All Keys - For All Instruments - Volume 1Harold Danko, Rufus Reid, Mel Lewis1979Album
Mel Lewis And FriendsMel Lewis1977Album
Rhoda Scott In New YorkRhoda Scott Orchestra Under The Direction Of Thad Jones Special Guest Mel Lewis1976Album
Strike Up The BandBobby Hackett, Zoot Sims, Bucky Pizzarelli, Richard Davis, Mel Lewis & Hank Jones1975Album
Stephane Grappelli Meets The Rhythm SectionStéphane Grappelli, Roland Hanna · George Mraz · Mel Lewis1975Album
Greetings And SalutationsThad Jones, Radiojazzgruppen Featuring Mel Lewis And Jon Faddis1975Album
1959 Monterey Jazz FestivalJimmy Witherspoon, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines, Mel Lewis, Woody Herman, Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster1972Album
Presenting Thad Jones - Mel Lewis And The Jazz OrchestraThad Jones - Mel Lewis And The Jazz Orchestra1966Single
Mission To MoscowZoot SIms1962Single
Jazz Mission To Moscow (Featuring Top Jazz Artists On Their Return From Tour Of Soviet Union 1962)Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bill Crow, Willie Dennis, Mel Lewis1962Album
The Cats Go Wild!Sol Gubin, Don Lamond, Mel Lewis, Charlie Persip & Teddy Sommer1962Album
At The RenaissanceJimmy Witherspoon, Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster With Mel Lewis, Leroy Vinnegar, Jimmy Rowles1960Album
More Drums On Fire!Sonny Payne, Mel Lewis, Benny Barth, Armando Peraza, Ray Mosca With Freddie Gambrell, The Mastersounds, Zoot Sims, Russ Freeman1959Album
Directly From The Half NotePhil Woods, Jimmy Rushing, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Richie Kamuca, Dave Frishberg, Major Holley, Mel Lewis, Tommy Potter, Mousey AlexanderAlbum
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