Gregory Lewis Plays "Organ Monk'
Gregory Lewis
Thelonious Monk Tribute

Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk

OCT 5-10 | Thelonious Monk Festival

Oct 07, 2022
Joe Henderson Lab
FriOct 7
7:00 PM

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FriOct 7
8:30 PM

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New York-based organist ∫ debuts at SFJAZZ with a solo organ performance devoted to Monk’s music from Lewis’ latest album, Organ Monk.

A versatile musician whose work crosses divides of jazz, blues, and funk, Lewis is known for his soul-drenched keyboard work with blues diva Sweet Georgia Brown, Brooklyn Funk Essentials vocalist Stephanie McKay, vocalist Lezlie Harrison, and saxophonist Sam Newsome.

Starting his keyboard studies at 11, the young artist absorbed the music of Thelonious Monk through his jazz pianist father, and was indoctrinated into the school of the Hammond organ by chance, when a gig referral from legendary pianist Gil Coggins confronted Lewis with the instrument rather than the expected piano.

It’s only right that Lewis’ 2010 debut as a leader, Organ Monk, would be an organ-led trio album devoted to Monk’s music featuring bassist Ron Jackson and drumming phenomenon Cindy Blackman-Santana – a session with a title that also gave Lewis his enduring nickname.

Citing Elmo Hope, Jimmy Smith, and Larry Young as influences, Lewis puts a singular twist on Monk’s music that will make this evening a tribute to the master like no other.

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Citing Elmo Hope, Jimmy Smith, and Larry Young as influences, Lewis puts a singular twist on Monk’s music that will make this evening a tribute to the master like no other.

One of the modern jazz masters of the Hammond B-3 organ and a Thelonious Monk specialist

Jazz Times

One of the modern jazz masters of the Hammond B-3 organ and a Thelonious Monk specialist

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