Vocalist, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Piano.


Joe Lewis Jr. Bandleader and Gifted Drummer. I have Played since the age of 12. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and traveled for many years to Detroit/Motown. I played with the group The Family since the age of 12. Whie in Minneapolis growing up, other Minneapolis groups included The Lewis Conection, Prince, Andre Cymone, Alexander O'Neal, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Sue Ann Carwell, The Time aka The Original 7 and Bobby Lyle. These are the styles I grew up listening to and playing with "The Minneapolis Sound." In the mid 80's I relocated to Northern California, I lived and played there for 20 years. Some of the people I worked with were The Edwin Hawkins singers, Shelia E., Tower of Power, The Doobie Brothers and Ali Wilson of The Temptations. I worked with a small Jazz Combo while in Northern California...we worked at small clubs and hotels. I also worked with Maya Angelou at her book signing. I was fortunate enough to travel and tour with Lydia Pense & Cold Blood. Lydia Pense & Cold Blood debuted when the Filmore was at it's peak as one of the nations musical Mecca's. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia's voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. To quote Lydia Pense "I was one of the funkiest drummer's she ever had." I relocated to the Pacific Northwest and started a Smooth Jazz Society. I also put together a Jazz band, Joe Lewis and The JazzCats. We performed at banquets, corporate gatherings, wineries, weddings fund raisers and festivals. I helped promote Smooth/Contemporary Jazz throughout the Inland Northwest and beyond. I have recently been working in the corporate/management world. I am now looking to get back to my roots and fulfill my destiny of music making.

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Member since:
Dec 24 2012
Active within 24 hours
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Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
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The Family, Michael Powers, Darren Motamedy, Roy Ayers, Stanley Clarke, Chick Korea, Lenny White, James Brown, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd and the Blackbirds, David Ruffin, The Impressions, Tony, Toni, Tone, Shelia E., The Edwin Hawkins singers, Maya Angelou's book signing, The Time (The Original 7), Andre Cymone, Alexander O'Neal, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Prince Nelson, George Clinton, Tower of Power, The Doobie Brothers, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Ali Wilson of tThe Temptations, Sue Ann Carwell

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I have a Yamaha 6 piece set with the Gabriel Rack, Zildjian, Pasty, Sabian Wuhan cymbals, Roland acoustic drum triggers for the entire set, Cad drum microphones for the entire set, Roland V drum set studio 6 piece set, Carvin studio drum mate mixer, Roland vm-3100v mixing station, Alesis multimixer, A rack of effects Yamaha keyboard, Drum PA system with monitors sub woofer, Lights and effects, Drum cases, Drum Rack sampler and Drum modules, Alesis 20 - bit digital audio recorder, Roland stereo micro monitors ma-8, Mac laptop, Maki powered speakers, Midi interface for iPod touch pads, Apple iPad and phone use, Music applications for iPad, M-audio USB interface system, 8X10 trailer to move all equipment, Vehicle Toyota forerunner.