North Texas Lives of Musicians Series
Features: 31 b&w photos. Notes. Bib. Index.
Mel Lewis (1929-1990) was born Melvin Sokoloff to Jewish Russian
immigrants in Buffalo, New York. He first picked up his father’s
drumsticks at the age of two and at 17 he was a full-time professional
musician. The View from the Back of the Band is the first biography of
this legendary jazz drummer. For over fifty years, Lewis provided the
blueprint for how a drummer could subtly support any musical situation.
While he made his name with Stan Kenton and Thad Jones, and with his
band at the Village Vanguard, it was the hundreds of recordings that he
made as a sideman and his ability to mentor young musicians that truly
defined his career. more... about The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis