WUSF All Night Jazz Focus Artist of the Week: Victor Lewis

Victor Lewis. Photo: jazz.org./dizzy’s

This week on All Night Jazz, we will focus on prolific drummer Victor Lewis for his 70th birthday.

Born in in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 20, 1950, Lewis studied cello as a child but soon migrated to the drum kit. He picked up his first professional gig at the age of 15. Lewis later went to the University of Nebraska and then moved to New York in 1974.

His first New York performance was with bassist Buster Williams and it was there Lewis met trumpeter Woody Shaw and soon joined his influential group. In 1980 he took a job with tenor master Stan Getz.

He stayed with Getz until his passing in 1991. Since then Lewis has worked with a plethora of jazz greats including NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and saxophonist Bobby Watson, among others.

He’s been on the faculty of Rutgers University since 2003.

We’ll hear the rhythms of drummer Victor Lewis all week long on All Night Jazz.