Jazz pianist Charles Lewis to appear at Scottsdale art series

Arizona jazz pianist Charles Lewis will be the guest for the Wednesday, Aug. 19, installment of the Arts Discovery Series at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale.

Charles Lewis (Submitted photo)

Charles Lewis (Submitted photo)

The free program will begin at 7 p.m. in the music practice room at the church, 6300 E. Bell Road, and an ice cream social is to follow.

Mr. Lewis began performing piano at church at age 7, according to a press release. His influences include Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Nat King Cole. He moved to Arizona in 1953, enrolling at Arizona State University.

Mr. Lewis played with several bands before forming The Charles Lewis Quintet, and he has remained a fixture in the Arizona jazz scene ever since, stated the release.

Mr. Lewis was the first jazz musician inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, according to the release. He has served on the Music Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts agency in Washington, D.C, among other ventures, stated the release.

For more information about the event and the series, contact music director Jennifer Sheldon at 480-948-1234, or go to www.lacasadecristo.com.

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