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Jim Lewis


JIM LEWIS (trumpet) A Toronto-based trumpet player, improviser, composer/arranger, Jim Lewis has been a regular member of the Paul Read Orchestra, Frank Lozano Group, Christine Duncan’s Element Choir, Mark Segger Sextet, an improvising trio with bassist Andrew Downing and drummer Jean Martin, and a trio with Andrew Downing and guitarist David Occhipinti.

He has played jazz festivals across Canada, and in the United States and Europe, with many of Canada’s most creative jazz musicians and improvisers.

Jim holds a Masters Degree in Performance (Jazz) from the University of Louisville, where he studied trumpet performance with Dr. Michael Tunnell, composition and arranging with John LaBarbera, and improvisation with Jamey Aebersold.

In 2014, Lewis released Bristles with a collaborative trio that includes guitarist David Occhipinti and bassist Andrew Downing. The album, some of which was recorded live at the Jazz Room in Waterloo, is a collection of jazz standards and collaborative improvisations dedicated to painters including Emily Carr and Cy Twombly. The album was nominated for a JUNO in 2015.

Lewis is currently a Lecturer in at the University of Toronto, teaching ear training and improvisation.


2015 - JUNO nomination for 'Jazz Album of the Year, by a Group' for Bristles