Eddie Lewis is a first call trumpet player, teacher and arranger/composer in the USA’s third largest city. Eddie is a Christian trumpet player who maintains a vibrant and stylistically diverse career as a freelance trumpet player in Houston, TX. Performing with as many as fifty bands each year, he has decades of experience playing in big bands/swing bands (Jazz Forever, Richard Brown, Ed Gerlach, Conrad Johnson, Ricky Diaz, Ronnie Renfro, Guy Lumbardo, Glenn Miller, Phil Gray, Jack Melick, Maria Williams, Vintage 15), brass ensembles (various quintets in El Paso and Houston), symphony orchestras (El Paso Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Pro Musica, El Paso Sinfonetta, Houston Sinfonetta, Pasadena Philharmonic), jazz combos (Jacqui Sutton and the Frontier Jazz Orchestra, Dena Blue, The Houston Nonet, Tom Borling, Malcolm Pinson, The David Caceres Band, The Blue Monks, Bubbah Thomas, Rick Porter), church orchestras (Katy First Baptist Church, Lakewood Church, Quail Valley Church, First United Methodist – Westchase), top 40/wedding bands (Toomey Starks Band, Eclipse, Salsamerica, Michael Carney, Doppelganger, Nobody’s Fool, Off the Record, Family Tree, The Grooves), klezmer/ethnic bands (The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas, The Gypsies, Yehuda Glantz), Latin jazz/spanish rock/Tejano/salsa bands (Aviso Band, Jimmy Edward, Cheo Feliciano, Cano Estremera, Rafu Warner, Carlos Garnett, Norma Zenteno, Roberto Zenteno, The Fabulous Jalipeños, Mango Punch, Canario, Little Joe, Jose Feliciano, Henry Fiol, Rey Reyes, Santiago Ceron, Roberto Torres, Nelson Ned, Pete “Conde” Rodrigues), rhythm and blues/funk bands (Cold Sweat, T.K. Oh!!!, Calvin Owens, City Stax) name acts (Johnny Lee, Roy Head, Archie Bell, Michael Bolton, Jerry Herman, Jo Anne Worley, Karren Morrow, Tanya Tucker, Julio Englasias, Franky Vallie, Frankie Avalon, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The O.J.s, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Little Anthony) and prominent jazz artists (Ed Shaughnessy, Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, Tom Harrell, Bob Mintzer, Kevin Mahogany). As a band leader, Eddie Lewis actively performs with his jazz combo called Living Rhythms and is the music director for Consort Immanuel and its parent musical arts organization which brings God centered music to the Sagemont community (a subdivision of Houston).
Studio Trumpet Player
Eddie is also active as a studio player and one of the CDs he recorded in 2005, Chicanismo by Little Joe and La Familia, won a Grammy in the Tejano category for that year. Other commercially available recordings of Eddie’s playing include CDs by Jazz Forever (“Volume 1″, “Volume 2″, “A Cool Christmas”), Jacqui Sutton and the Frontier Jazz Orchestra (“Notes From the Frontier“), Tom Borling BeBop Band (“Plays the Music of Eddie Lewis“), Texas Brass Ensemble (“Sounds of the South“), Ricky Diaz (“Everything Happens to Me”), Mango Punch (“Pop Rock“), Calvin Owens (“Stop Lying In My Face“, “Houston Is The Place to Be”, “Say Boy, How You Do That Thang”, “I Aint Gonna Be Yo Dog No Mo”), Lise Liddell (“White Heart”), David Lopez (“Solo Para Ti“), Ezra Charles (“Beaumont Boy“), Maria Williams (“Rhythmic Remedy”), Bob Gallarza (“With Pride and Passion“, “Live In Session”, “Full Circle”), Jimmy Edward (“It’s All Right”), The Royal Jesters (“Odyssey”), David Marez (“Bob Gallarza Presents”), Trudy Lynn (“I’m Still Here”), The Southern Backtones (“La Vie En Noir“), Mark Piszczek (“Bamboo Philharmonic“) and Derek Horne (“My Purpose”). Eddie has also recorded jingles and TV spots for Palais Royal, Fiesta, Kroger, TV Land, Budweiser and many others.
Eddie has also recorded two CD’s under his own name. The first is a recording of turn of the century trumpet duets that he calls Vintage Trumpet Treasures. The second is a jazz CD he recorded with Ruben Gutierrez, Erik Unsworth and Ricky Malichi called A Not So Distant Pass.
Arranger and Composer
Eddie has composed over three hundred original works for various brass and jazz ensemble instrumentations and does arranging and copy work for local Houston bands and orchestras. His compositions have been recorded by the Tom Borling BeBop Band, The Texas Brass Ensemble and the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra. His arrangements are performed by Jazz Forever, David Caceres, Maria Williams, Quail Valley Church Praise Band, Wynn Hudson, Norma Williams, MarkTowns, Carlos Puig, Fellowship of the Woodlands, Marsha Sterling, and many others. Eddie’s compositions are now performed world wide and are available at his online music store at http://www.TigerMusicStore.com.
Teacher and Educator
Trumpet, Jazz Improvisation and Composition
Eddie’s experience as a music educator includes over thirty years as a private trumpet instructor, five years as a jazz improvisation consultant for Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, three years as an orchestration instructor for the Summer Jazz Workshop and an ongoing list of various clinics, master classes and workshop appearances. Of the hundreds of trumpet and jazz students he has worked with over the years, many have become accomplished players themselves, performing professionally in capacities ranging from ska bands to national musical theater tours; from cruise ships to brass quintets. Some of the students who attended his class in advanced jazz improvisation at H.S.P.V.A. are recognized as some of the top jazz musicians in the world today.