A native New Yorker who has spent substantial time performing in Polynesia, Mike Lewis has recently moved back to Hawai’i from the Pacific Northwest. He is the creator and band leader of Big Band Monday at Jazz Minds Honolulu and the Jazz Band Director at University of Hawaii.
Fluent in jazz trumpet, lead trumpet, and recording studio work, his resume includes touring and recording with Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny and Cher, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, The Temptations, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, and Bruno Mars.
Teaching highlights include Jazz in the Schools Hawaii, Christ Church Polytech Jazz School, Friends Academy New York, and Washington Middle School Seattle.
Mike Lewis is featured on 2 songs on Azato’s Love Is The Conqueror, playing Trumpet and Trombone on I’m Ready and Dayne Kawika Ortiz.