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Ed Lewis

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You ever hear a Basie band w/o a strong lead trumpeter?

Maybe the later charts flaunted the chair more than the earlier ones, but still, Ed Lewis. always there, and always there right.

Let's remember, lest we forget.

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I used to play at Greene Street, a restaurant in Soho, solo or duo, in 1986. The restroom attendant seemed to be familiar with the tunes I was playing. To my surprise it was none other than Ed Lewis. Now that I actually had someone in the club to play for, I played all the Dizzy big band music I knew – Tadd, Gil Fuller, etc.

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1 hour ago, Michael Weiss said:

I used to play at Greene Street, a restaurant in Soho, solo or duo, in 1986. The restroom attendant seemed to be familiar with the tunes I was playing. To my surprise it was none other than Ed Lewis. Now that I actually had someone in the club to play for, I played all the Dizzy big band music I knew – Tadd, Gil Fuller, etc.

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Good story - though not good news that he was working as a restroom attendant.

Ed Lewis is listed in The Encyclopedia of Jazz and on Wikipedia as having passed away in 1985, so perhaps your remembrance is from an earlier year. I know from experience that, as years go by, it's easy to mix up the dates when things occurred.

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There was Ed Lewis who led the tp-section in Basie's band

and

Ed "Tiger" Lewis" who played & recorded on tp with Andy Kirk, Arnett Cobb et al.

I think neither of them worked as a restroom attendant in the mid-eighties.

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Don't forget that Basie-ite Ed also held down a lot of the solos with Bennie Moten before Hot Lips Page came along.

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