British born jazz drummer Bryan Lewis’ top-notch jazz trio is on for an afternoon gig on Verve’s Veranda this Saturday, June 12th from 3 to 6pm. Lewis’ trio for Saturday’s gig include Albuquerque’s Rick Bowman at the keyboard, and Santa Fe’s Dave Anderson on the saxophone and Michael Brimes on the bass. Lewis’ trio, The Three Faces of Jazz, usually plays at El Meson Restaurant on Friday evenings —- the restaurant is temporarily closed for the next two weeks for vacation.
Bryan Lewis was born in London and served in the Royal Air Force. It was while he was in the RAF that he received his first introduced to jazz. Bryan got his first gig at his father’s 200-year-old pub, The Royal Exchange. In exchange for playing at the pub on weekends, his dad purchased Bryan a drum set.
However, real Jazz was in New York, not London. Hence, at the age of 21, armed with a UK Passport that listed his profession as a “Flea Trainer”, Bryan arrived in New York with only $13.00 in shipboard bingo winnings. He walked directly to Bird Land on 52nd, where for $2.00, he listened to Dizzy Gillespie and Diana Washington, and in the second set, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The rest is history.
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