Vince Lewis is a
veteran jazz performer, composer and recording artist. He
has been a headliner on Jazz Festivals with Dave Brubeck, B.B King, Ellis
Marsalis, Lou Rawls, Mundell Lowe, John Pizzarelli and Melissa Manchester.
Vince has been a featured performer in concert at The Kennedy Center in
Washington D.C. as well as two performances at the Smithsonian Institute
Jazz Bar. Jim Carlton, Conversations with Great Jazz and Studio
says “His playing is indicative of the rarified air of true mastery. He
routinely creates engaging and excellent music.” Vince was the cover
picture and feature interview in the Feb 2014 issue of Just Jazz Guitar
Magazine, and has been noted as “One of the leading active Jazz Artists”
in the Jazz Guitar category since 2002 by Jazz Improv Magazine. He is
currently scheduled for induction into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
Vince is included in the 2014 Scott Yanow book “ The Great Jazz
Guitarists…The Ultimate Guide.” He has recorded 20 CD’s as a leader
and sideman, and each has received excellent critical acclaim in virtually
every major Jazz publication. In addition, he is a Heritage Guitar Inc,
Benedetto Guitar, Eastman Guitar, Breedlove Guitar and Redstone Audio
performing Artist, and has a Vince Lewis signature archtop guitar available
built by Richard Ralston, a noted New Zealand luthier. Vince also developed
and directed the Classical and Jazz Guitar programs at University of
Charleston, Marshall University, Palm Beach University and Liberty
University. He has taught at the post-secondary level for 44 years,
conducted Jazz Guitar workshops, and created courses in improvisation and
other jazz related subjects at the University level. His chord melody
arrangements for solo guitar appear regularly in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.
Vince currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music and Guitar at Bluefield
College in Bluefield, VA.