Singer, jazz pianist
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