George Lewis
George Lewis, one of the great clarinetists, was born in the French Quarter of
New Orleans.  He played with several early bands, including the Black Eagle
Band, Buddy Petit's band and the Tuxedo Brass Band.  Mr. Lewis was one of the
musicians who benefited greatly from the resurgence of traditional New Orleans
Jazz in the 1930's and 1940's.  By the 1950's, he had organized a band which
included Pumell Pavageau, Lawrence Marrero, Jim Robinson, Joe Watkins and
Kid Howard.  It toured very successfully in America, Europe and Asia.  When in
the city, he could often be found playing at Preservation Hall.  The photo above
and the top two below were taken while the band was on a tour in Japan.  (You
can find a moving tribute to George Lewis
here.)
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