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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

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.

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.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Midnight Sun

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore

Read "Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Back in the early '90s, Stanley Kay, one-time back-up drummer for the incomparable Buddy Rich, later a manager of such artists as Maurice Hines, Michelle Lee and Paul Burke and the entertainment director for the New York Yankees, had a good idea: the time had come, he reasoned, to assemble an all-woman big band that would ...


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