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Lewis, John, 1920-2001

LC control no.n 81100622
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LC classificationML410.L6245 Biography
Personal name headingLewis, John, 1920-2001
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Variant(s)Lewis, John Aaron, 1920-2001
See alsoCorporate body: Modern Jazz Quartet
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Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1920-05-03
Death date2001-03-29
Place of birthLa Grange (Ill.)
Place of deathNew York (N.Y.)
AffiliationManhattan School of Music (New York, N.Y.) Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra Modern Jazz Quartet Orchestra U.S.A. Harvard University City University of New York. City College
Profession or occupationPianists Jazz musicians Composers Music teachers
Found inHis Sait-on-jamais, c1957.
Bach, J.S. Preludes and fugues from The well-tempered clavier [SR] p1985: label (John Lewis; piano) insert (b. May 5, 1920 in LaGrange, Ill.)
The Penguin guide to jazz on CD, LP and cassette, 1994: (John Lewis; member of the Modern Jazz Quartet)
New Grove dict. of jazz (Lewis, John (Aaron); b. May 3, 1920, LaGrange, IL; pianist and composer)
Int. dict. of Black composers, 1999 (Lewis, John Aaron; b. May 3, 1920, La Grange, Ill.; John Lewis)
New York Times, Mar. 31, 2001 (John Lewis, 80, pianist, composer, creator of Modern Jazz Quartet; d. Mar. 29, 2001; b. John Aaron Lewis, May 3, 1920, LaGrange, Ill.)
American National Biography Online, accessed February 19, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Lewis, John; pianist, jazz musician, composer / arranger, music educator; born 03 May 1920 in La Grange, Illinois, United States; enrolled at the University of New Mexico, where he first majored in anthropology (1938); began studying at the Manhattan School of Music (1945); served overseas in the U.S. Army Special Services Musical Branch (1942); became pianist of Dizzy Gillespie's big band (1946); began working with the Modern Jazz Quartet (1952); became one of the first modern jazz composers to write for popular films, the film "No Sun in Venice" won a Cannes Film Award; the film "Odds against Tomorrow" is considered by many to be one of his most successful film efforts (1959); became the musical director of the Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader and cofounder of Orchestra U.S.A. (1962-1965); head of faculty for the Lennox School of Jazz in Massachusetts; taught improvisation at Harvard University and City College of New York (1975-1982); received honorary doctorates from the University of New Mexico, Columbia College in Chicago, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Berklee College of Music; died 29 March 2001 in New York, New York, United States)
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