City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Dave Lewis Revue will feature grandson D'Vonne Lewis playing his grandfather's hits
12/2/2013  3:00:00 PM

Dave Lewis Revue will feature grandson D'Vonne Lewis playing his grandfather's hits
Friday December 7, 7 pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Seattle WA, -- The Dave Lewis Revue will feature Lewis' grandson D'Vonne Lewis memorializing the Seattle-based rock and R&B musician on Friday, December 7 at 7 pm. D'Vonne Lewis followed the family legacy as an accomplished drummer and was awarded Seattle's Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Emerging Artist of 2006. He will perform his grandfather's music and other compositions with some of Seattle's top jazz and funk stars: Delvon Lamarr (organ and keyboard), Skerik (saxophone), Andy Coe (guitar), Darrius Willrich (piano), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass) and Dave Lewis, Jr. (emcee and vocals). Barney Hilliard (sax) and George Griffin (drums), of the Dave Lewis Combo, will serve as guest speakers for the evening. Tickets are available via $18 general in advance; $22 at the door.

Dave Lewis (1938-1998) was the talented and charismatic leader of Seattle's first significant African American rock and roll band, The Dave Lewis Combo, in the 1950's. The Combo was the house band at one of Seattle's hottest R&B nightclubs, the Birdland, and attracted the likes of Jimmy Hendrix. Lewis switched from piano to organ in 1962, starting the Dave Lewis Trio and was soon signed to A&M Records where his 1963 hit, "David's Mood" and 1964's "Little Green Thing" and "Lip Service" received national attention. In 1989, he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. Lewis was also known as a pioneer in leading the desegregation of Seattle's entertainment and nightclub scene in the 1950s. HistoryLink heralds the Dave Lewis Combo as "Seattle's first significant African American 1950s rock and roll band" and Lewis himself as "the singularly most significant figure on the Pacific Northwest's nascent rhythm & blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s."

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute | Preserving the legacy.
LHPAI celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAI represents the pluralism of local, national and global Black people, in the media platforms of film, dance, theatre and music.

Office of Arts & Culture | Making art work.
We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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