LYNN LEWIS MUSIC

About Lynn Lewis

about lynnLynn was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 13, 1956. As the youngest of four children she grew up listening to a variety of music ranging from the 1950's doo wop, to the Beatles, to the Rolling Stones. But the songs that have consistently held her interests were the jazz standards. She developed an early love of these tunes from listening to stories that her mom would tell about the war years and speak fondly of the great tunes that came out of those times.

At age 12, she took up the trombone in the school band which set her firmly on the path to a life in music. After having played in numerous regional all star bands in high school and playing in the Chattanooga Youth Symphony, she pursued her degree in music education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While a student there, she was a trombonist in the university's jazz band which resulted in an invitational tour of Europe and a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1979. It was there that she was particularly inspired after having seen Ella Fitzgerald perform with Count Basie.

While she and husband Greg were raising their two sons, she started a band program at a private school where she taught fifth through twelfth grade students. While there she took the program to an award winning status.

When her youngest son left for college, she left the band directing world, returning to her earlier love of singing and formed her first jazz quintet called Quintessentially Jazz who performed regularly around the middle Tennessee area.

In 2009 she became a student at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and began her jazz singing study in earnest. It was there that she was able to learn from some of the best jazz musicians in the country, the likes of Lori Mechem, Roger Spencer, Sandra Dudley, Ron Browning, Beegie Adair, Duffy Jackson and many, many more.

All of these experiences have culminated into the release of her debut album, At Long Last Love.