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Leslie Lewis

Leslie, a native of East Orange, New Jersey, has toured as a featured jazz vocalist with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, with members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, with Musique Sur La Mer Chamber Orchestra in concert in London, as well as performances with Jazz Tap Ensemble in New York and Los Angeles. She began her career with a move to Los Angeles to perform as a singer/dancer at Disneyland. That lead to performances at Disneyworld in Orlando FL and Opryland in Nashville TN. Back in California, Leslie was featured along with Jack Sheldon on the Tom Kubis Big Band recording “At Last” and expanded her career into acting roles in films and television

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I Put a Spell on You

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: I Put a Spell on You; Have You Seen the Child; Hallelujah; Work Song; To Love Somebody; Sinnerman; Come Together; Feelin’ Good.

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Funky Ella: I Put a Spell on You

Read "I Put a Spell on You" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although singer Leslie Lewis and her husband, pianist Gerard Hagen, have been making beautiful music together for some years and recorded five earlier CDs together, I Put a Spell on You is the first under the group name Funky Ella (which represents a deep bow to another jazz singer of note). The album was recorded in ...

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Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen in New York

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Like Someone In Love; Gentle is My Love; Solitude; I Want to be Happy; Killing Me Softly; You Must Believe in Spring; I’ll Remember April; When I Fall In Love; Body and Soul.

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In New York

Label: Surf Cove Jazz
Released: 2013
Track listing: Like Someone in Love; Gentle Is My Love; Solitude; I Want to Be Happy; Killing Me Softly; You Must Believe in Spring; I’ll Remember April; When I Fall in Love; Body and Soul.

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Leslie Lewis: Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen in New York

Read "Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen in New York" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist Leslie Lewis' previous recording, Midnight Sun (Self Produced, 2012), revealed a a thoughtful and well-managed talent able to imbue her music with a dark pathos. Not dark in any negative sense of the word, but rich and romantic. Her followup, Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen in New York, made with her husband/pianist, distills Lewis' talent ...

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Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen: In New York

Read "In New York" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In November 2011, less than a year before leaving for their new home in Paris, singer Leslie Lewis and her pianist / husband, Gerard Hagen, paused in New York City long enough to record this delightful album of standards on which Lewis' charming voice is accompanied only by Hagen's compliant piano. The menu is comprised for ...

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Midnight Sun

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012

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Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun

Read "Midnight Sun" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Jazz singing does not so much require an obedient voice as a directed but free-spirited one. There are few vocalists who can pull off the elastic fireworks of a Betty Carter, Lisa Sokolov or Tierney Sutton and fewer still who should even try. East Coast-West Coast vocalist Leslie Lewis has a beautifully perfect alto voice for ...

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Various Artists: From California With Love

Read "From California With Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


From California With Love is one shining example of how tragedy can bring out the best in people. When Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake (and subsequent tsunami) on March 11, 2011, it caused a chain reaction of destruction and death throughout the region. In an effort to help raise money for relief efforts, a ...


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