17 – 20 October 2019

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20 October Macedonian Opera and Ballet, 22:00 MOB, 22:00

JAMES BRANDON LEWIS UNRULY QUINTET

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JAMES BRANDON LEWIS tenor saxophone

JAIMIE BRANCH trumpet

AVA MENDOZA guitar

LUKE STEWART electric bass

WARREN “TRAE” CRUDUP III drums

Born 1983 in Buffalo, New York, James Brandon Lewis is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. He blends the traditions of gospel and blues with the skills of free jazz and enjoys exploring his instrument’s bottom register. This puts him in the company of greats. Lewis has shared stages and recorded with amazing musicians such as William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot and Craig Harris, among others. He leads numerous ensembles and is the co-founder of American Book Award winning poetry music ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Brandon Lewis, who was endorsed by Sonny Rollins, has a phenomenal sound with a fierce bite that still has a lyrical, dream-like undertone. These capacities are highlighted extremely well on albums like “Divine Travels” (2014), “Days Of FreeMan” (2015) and “No Filter” (2016). In their latest project, “An Unruly Manifesto” (2019), James Brandon Lewis Unruly Quintet explore the meaning of freedom. It is dedicated to Charlie Haden, Ornette Coleman and Surrealism. Lewis describes this album as a call to action. “Every day is a chance to discover the truest version of yourself and charge after that relentlessly."