GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET)

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George Lewis (13 July 1900 – 31 December 1968) was an American jazz clarinetist who achieved his greatest fame and influence in the later decades of his life.

Lewis was born Joseph Louis Francois Zenon, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Lewis' great-great grandmother by his mother, Alice Zeno, was a Senegalese slave who was brought over to Louisiana around 1803. Zeno's family retained some knowledge of Senegalese language and customs until Alice's generation.

Lewis was playing clarinet professionally by 1917, at the age of seventeen, working with Buddy Petit and Chris Kelly regularly as well as the trombonist Kid Ory and other leaders. At this time, he seldom traveled far from the greater New Orleans area. During the Great Depression he took a job as a stevedore, continuing to take as many music jobs after hours as he could find, a schedule that often meant he got very little
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GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) American Music By George Lewis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
American Music By George Lewis
Dixieland 1951
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Echoes Of New Orleans album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Echoes Of New Orleans
Dixieland 1951
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Echoes Of New Orleans, Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Echoes Of New Orleans, Vol. 2
Dixieland 1951
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis And His New Orleans Stompers (Volume 4) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis And His New Orleans Stompers (Volume 4)
Dixieland 1954
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Jam Session album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jam Session
Dixieland 1954
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) New Orleans Jazz Band And Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Orleans Jazz Band And Quartet
Original New Orleans Jazz 1954
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis And His New Orleans Stompers (Volume 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis And His New Orleans Stompers (Volume 1)
Original New Orleans Jazz 1955
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis And His New Orleans Stompers ‎: Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis And His New Orleans Stompers ‎: Volume 2
Dixieland 1955
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis (Volume 2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis (Volume 2)
Dixieland 1956
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Jazz In The Classic New Orleans Tradition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz In The Classic New Orleans Tradition
Original New Orleans Jazz 1956
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) The Singing Clarinet album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Singing Clarinet
Dixieland 1958
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George And The Vikings (With  Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George And The Vikings (With Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band)
Original New Orleans Jazz 1959
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Plays Hymns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Hymns
Jazz Related Gospel 1965
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis & Louis Nelson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis & Louis Nelson
Dixieland 1967
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis And His New Orleans All Stars In Tokyo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis And His New Orleans All Stars In Tokyo
Dixieland 1969
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Jazz Funeral in New Orleans album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Funeral in New Orleans
Original New Orleans Jazz 1974
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) In Japan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Japan
Dixieland 1982
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis And The Easy Riders Jazz Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis And The Easy Riders Jazz Band
Dixieland 2001

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GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis & Turk Murphy : At Newport album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis & Turk Murphy : At Newport
Dixieland 1957
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Concert! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concert!
Dixieland 1959
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) George Lewis With Barry Martyn's Band : Smile Darn Ya Smile album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis With Barry Martyn's Band : Smile Darn Ya Smile
Original New Orleans Jazz 1965
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) At Herbert Otto's Party - 1949 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At Herbert Otto's Party - 1949
Dixieland 1987
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) The Famous Manchester Free Trade Hall Concert - 2nd Half album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Famous Manchester Free Trade Hall Concert - 2nd Half
Dixieland 1994
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) In Concert Manchester Free Trade Hall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert Manchester Free Trade Hall
Dixieland 1996
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) At The Club Hangover,San Francisco 1953 vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Club Hangover,San Francisco 1953 vol.1
Original New Orleans Jazz 1997
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) At The Club Hangover,San Francisco 1953 vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Club Hangover,San Francisco 1953 vol.2
Original New Orleans Jazz 1997
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) The Second Bakersfield Concert, 1954 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Second Bakersfield Concert, 1954
Dixieland 1998

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GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Classic New Orleans Jazz, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic New Orleans Jazz, Volume 1
Original New Orleans Jazz 1993
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) Keeper of the Flame album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keeper of the Flame
Original New Orleans Jazz 2014
GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) New Orleans Stompers 1943 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Orleans Stompers 1943
Original New Orleans Jazz 2017

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GEORGE LEWIS (CLARINET) The Singing Clarinet

Album · 1958 · Dixieland
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As a good example of what Dixieland is supposed to sound like this record works fairly well, but as an example of George Lewis‘ skills, this probably isn’t the best, or worse for that matter. The ensemble playing on here is good and true to the style, but poor George is out of tune on many of these songs. I’m sure proper tuning is not of the utmost importance in early jazz, but when its as easily noticeable as it is on ‘Jerusalem Blues’, then it does distract somewhat from the performances. Still, due to this band’s ability to properly interpret early 1900’s Dixieland in the year 1953 (released in 1958), this record makes for a great document on how this style is supposed to sound.

Other than funk and reggae, its hard to imagine a style that has suffered more at the hands of enthusiastic under-skilled amateurs than Dixieland. When played properly Dixieland is far more similar to original New Orleans jazz than all those awful noisy tacky Dixieland wannabes would lead you to believe. When George and his guys play, you don’t get those exaggerated swooping note climbs, the overly enthusiastic bursts in volume and the cacophonous ensemble improvisations where no one sounds like they are listening to each other. Instead, George Lewis and his New Orleans Ragtime Band play early jazz that is subtle, sophisticated, ironic and slyly humorous: which is what early jazz is supposed to sound like.

Listening to this record has given me a much greater interest in pursuing other true practitioners of the Dixieland style. If your main exposure to Dixieland is tacky guys in straw hats who play at your local town’s heritage festival, give this record a chance. Sure George is a little out of tune here and there, but this is still very charming music that reflects a time and culture that will never return.

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