“Jazz After Hours” radio host Jim Wilke calls Mark Lewis “a Northwest treasure.” Rotterdam bassist James Long says, “Time after I have been witness to his ability to touch and move the listener in a way that is seldom seen.”
“You listen to the guys with the primo recording contracts, on the very top labels, and in my opinion, they’re not in Mark’s league” says jazz critic and author of “The History of Jazz,” Ted Gioia.
Seattle area saxophone and flute master Mark Lewis in known for his endless creativity, exceptional lyricism, compelling tone and ability to play across a wide range of styles. Mark grew up in the Northwest then moved to the Netherlands for many years to perform, teach and record music. He also lived n San Francisco and recorded a top 40 jazz album after auditioning for Stan Getz to land a record deal. He often subbed for Stan Getz and John Handy during his time in San Francisco.
He is a prolific composer, with over 1,600 songs to his name. He’s also an accomplished recording engineer, and has recorded and produced albums for a number of great jazz musicians, including the last album recorded by legendary jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones.
Mark has performed and recorded with a number of well-known jazz musicians including pianists Mark Levine and Barney McClure; drummers Candy Finch and Eddie Moore; bassists David Friesen, Larry Grenadier and Chuck Metcalf; saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Noah Howard; trumpet player Randy Brecker; and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson.