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Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Multi-talented Vel Lewis!

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Yes, I had to shout-out Vel Lewis regarding his multiple talents!  Keyboardist, Organist (actually, a multi-instrumentalist), Composer, Arranger, Producer and Vocalist - guess I need not explain further ;)

Our versatile and unstoppable guest was born in The City of Brotherly Love - and it didn't take long in his professional life for other artists to demonstrate how MUCH they DID love Vel Lewis.  While still VERY young, he was asked to join a televised Jazz program in Philadelphia.  This led to studio work - and it paved the way for an association with Ira Tucker, Sr., lead singer with the Dixie Hummingbirds.  Vel found himself on the Paul Simon song, "Love Me Like a Rock" and on Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America."  

Meanwhile, Vel was in a group that was growing in popularity - The Futures.  They were signed to Philly International Records and performing alongside Grover Washington Jr., The O'Jays and The Supremes.  The Futures had a name change, but that surely did not affect Vel's popularity - HE was now working with more A-list talent - household names.

Along the way, he found the time to compose music for "The Sopranos", "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", "Mad About You" and more.  And he was able to focus on his own music for the career that he wished to have for VEL LEWIS :)  After all those years of making sure other artists sounded great when he added his personal touch, it was time to concentrate on what he could do as leader of the band.  You'll see his discography when you visit Vel Lewis Dot Com.  And you'll hear tracks from  "Colors Of Soul"  when Vel drops by on 7/8.  Once you hear his music, you'll know that he made a "sound" decision!  Please join us - we've got some surprises in store for you on this show ;)