POSITIVE NEWS! ...
The legendary drummer and composer - and perhaps one of Woody Shaw's favorite musicians that worked in his band - is receiving an Honorary Doctorate degree from University of Nebraska—Lincoln - right in his home state.
Doctoral Ceremony Webcast:
To view the hooding ceremony and a concert by the University of Nebraska Jazz Orchestra with new arrangements of Victor Lewis' compositions, go to this link on December 8, 2016, at 7:30pm CST / 8:30pm EST —
Thursday, December 8th, 2016.
7:30pm CST / 8:30pm EST
On a personal note, having known Victor for more than 30 years, I simply can't express how happy I am for him that he is being recognized by his community for his longstanding contribution to music. In my estimation, there are few musicians who have been as devout, humble, and respectful to the legacy of this music and to those originated it, than Victor Lewis. Victor is currently instructor at Rutgers University where he teaches drums and composition.
Here is a rare recording of the Woody Shaw Quintet performing the Victor Lewis composition Why? in Seattle, Washington in 1979.