Leslie, a native of East Orange, New Jersey, enjoys a vibrant career as a jazz vocalist. Currently she resides in Laguna Niguel, California and is performing in many clubs, fine hotels, and concert venues in the Los Angeles area.
She has performed throughout the country including tours as a featured vocalist with the?Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and with members of the?Duke Ellington Orchestra?on an Ellington Tribute concert as well as performances with?Jazz Tap Ensemble.?
Leslie was featured along with?Jack Sheldon?on the?Tom Kubis Big Band?recording “At Last”. Her solo recording, “Of Two Minds” features Leslie with the?Gerard Hagen Trio?and L.A. jazz all-stars,?Gary Foster,?Ron Stout,?Rob Lockart, and?Larry Koonse. She has worked with pianist?John Bunch, trombonist?Britt Woodman, trumpeter?Joe Wilder, and saxophonists?Norris Turney?and?Harry Allen.?
She recently appeared with?Patrice Rushen?at the L.A. County Museum of Art Jazz Series and currently tours with the Jazz Tap Ensemble.?
She has appeared as a solo pianist in many hotels across the country including the?Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Westin Bonaventure?and many more.?
She has performed as a dancer and vocalist in many productions at?Disneyland, Disneyworld, Opryland U.S.A., and Knotts BerryFarm.?
She now resides in Paris, France with her husband, Gerard Hagen.
What Critics Say…
(Leslie) Lewis, sold her tunes with a vibrancy that charmed…Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jazz vocalist Leslie Lewis is one those rare finds. She has a contralto voice, producing a dynamic and lovely sound.
Los Angeles Jazz Scene
…her expressive, sultry mid-range voice emlutates Cleo Laine or June Christy.
Cleveland Plain Dealer