Personalities | George Lewis | Twenties | Jazz & Blues
(Clarinet, alto saxophone, 1900–68)
Lewis (born George Louis Francis Zeno) led bands in New Orleans in the 1920s, but he remained in the Crescent City while many of his colleagues headed north to Chicago, where the Jazz Age was being forged on the city’s South Side. Lewis did not record until the 1940s (in sessions that teamed him with New Orleans trumpeter Bunk Johnson) and he later became a prominent figure in the New Orleans revivalist movement of the 1950s.
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