We are providing an alternative that will expose youth to a different musical experience.
Teaching - G.A. Lewis Jazz Advocates will teach children using a strong and effective hands on method. We will be conducting one on one sessions as well as group sessions in the Jazz, Classical and Rythm and Blues genres. Piano, organ, saxophone, clarinet and vocals are just a few of the instruments that G.A. Lewis Jazz Advocates will be teaching. We will also expose them to song/lyrical writing. In addition to the lessons, we will travel throughout the year to different venues to introduce the youth to great musicians and profesionals in the industry.
Reaching - G.A. Lewis Jazz Advocates is also available for events and other social events. A portion of the proceeds from all of our engagements will go toward Youth Ministry.
Teachers - Norm Spurgeon: Guitarist
Bonnie Bennett: Piano/voice Instructor
Richard DeKarski: Keyboard teaching and Performance Methods
Kenny Cook: Piano/Classical & Gospel
Meet the Founders
Gil Lewis, President
Gil Lewis has been working as a professional piano/organ player for over 30 years and with his last released CD, to his credit, he shows no signs of slowing down. Music has always played an integral part in Lewis' life. At the age of 12, he began playing the clarinet and several instruments later. At the age of 18, he began his career as a piano player.
Gil Lewis is a multi-talented "maestro" who has toured throughout the US and has been "jamming" in a number of renown jazz festivals. He is a keyboardist/organist that has been compared to Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, and Charles Heartlands. He is one of the few that excels on the Hammond 3 Organ. Gill also is a fantastic vocalist. Many folks have compared his sound to Nat King Cole. He also can his range and give you a taste of "Louie" (Armstrong). His style reflects the "old standards" and the works of Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and the like.
Gil was born in Camden, New Jersey, graduated from Glassboro High School and has spent most of his life residing in South Jersey. In 1961 he organized the Gil Lewis Trio
He has worked as a background musician for Jimmy Scott, Johnny Hartman, Nancy Wilson, Billy Cobbs, Lola Folana, Johnny Lynch and Wilmington's late great -Len Foster. He is well known in the New York, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Delaware jazz circuit.
Gil has performed more recently with BB King, The Manhattans, Sister Sledge, Jerry Butler, Lonnie Youngblood, The First Choice, Stephanie Mills, The Blue Notes, Tyrone Davis, and the Johnny Lynch Orchestra.
His CD "The Diverse Sounds of the Gil Lewis Trio" is a mixture of standards, blues, contemporary and bebop. This CD includes a Louis Armstrong classic, "What a Wonder World" and Wilmington's late great Clifford Brown's classic, "Joyspring".
Visit his website www.GilLewisJazzTrio.com
Anthony Lewis, Vice President
One simple song planted music into the mind of a young Anthony Lewis. After performing his rendition of R. Kelly's “Sade” at a school talent show at the age of twelve, Anthony Lewis knew what he was going to do for the rest of his life. His path took him to a singing group he helped form called Ju-taun, which toured and supported acts such as LL Cool J, Ashanti, Atlantic Starr, and Lyfe Jennings. Following high school, Anthony studied music in college, focusing on theory, history, and performance.
Anthony found the genesis of his love for music in his father, Gil Lewis, who played the Hammond B-3 in jazz groups. Throughout his life, Anthony heard the warm sounds of the organ and piano, and translated that love into learning the instruments with the same dedication and drive his father showed him. Anthony Lewis is a dominant singer, songwriter, composer and pianist whose music delivers heart, spirit, and a sexual poetry.
Visit his website www.AnthonyBLewis.com