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Sunday 6/15/14 Show: J.T. Lewis


The next show will air on Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This installment of Suga’ in My Bowl will feature drummer JT Lewis, one of New York’s in-demand session drummers and one third of Harriet Tubman, which has been called an “avant metal Jazz band”. This exploration is mostly conducted by Suga’ Associate Producer and web guy Hank Williams.

Lewis has performed/recorded with over 200 artists from all genres from the Jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine, Roy Ayers, Herbie Hancock, Lena Horne, and Dave Sanborn, to the Pop icons such as Tina Turner, Sting, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Elvis Costello, Whitney Houston, Debbie Harry, Garland Jeffreys, and Vanessa Williams, to the Jazz revolutionaries such as Don Pullen, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Marc Ribot, Sonny Sharrock, Pete Cosey, Bill Laswell, Kip Hanrahan, and many more. He is also one of the original members of Vernon Reid’s Living Colour.

He is currently co-leader of ”Harriet Tubman,” featuring Melvin Gibbs (Bass) and Brandon Ross (Guitars).
He has “subbed” for the great Bernard “Pretty” Purdie on the ”Godfathers of Groove” tour featuring Grant Green Jr (guitar) and Rueben Wilson (Hammond B3).

Lewis has been (and still is) the drummer for the Legendary Vanessa Williams for the past 20 yrs. He is currently a part-time Professor at York College teaching drums for the York College Jazz program run by Dr. Tom Zlabinger.

Show engineered and edited by Joyce Jones. Produced and hosted by Joyce Jones and Hank Williams, Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.

Lewis will be appearing with Sandra St. Victor in the Celebrate Brooklyn! series in Prospect Park on June 28th. You can also catch him in Damrosch Park on August 8th at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival.

Web Extras:

Watch JT in this live performance of the McCoy Tyner classic “Fly With the Wind” with tubist (and former Suga’ guest) Howard Johnson’s Gravity at NYC’s 2014 Winter Jazz fest

Watch JT in this live performance revisiting the Miles Davis classic “Bitches Brew” at the 2010 Montreal Jazz Fest, also featuring former Suga’ guest Adam Rudolph.

Watch JT in this live 2013 performance of the Bille Holiday classic “Strange Fruit” live in Europe with vocalist Cassandra Wilson.



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