D’Vonne Lewis Bio

“It’s about the love. That’s the genius in it.”

Self-Taught

D’Vonne Lewis, 32, is a self-taught musician/drummer/poet with a background in gospel, funk, and rhythm and blues. Lewis is the grandson of the late-great ‘Godfather of rock and roll/soul’, the Pacific Northwest’s Hall of Famer, Hammond B-3 organ legend, Dave Lewis. Because of Dave Lewis, Seattle’s 1950’s entertainment scene started on the path to desegregation.

D’Vonne graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 2002 under the direction of Scott Brown, where he received numerous high school jazz band awards, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Outstanding Drum Soloist winner at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival for the years of 2000, 2001, and 2002.

While still in high school, D’Vonne was first-call drummer to local and world-renowned artists, including Hadley Caliman; Buddy Catlett; Julian Priester; Floyd Standifer; Jay Thomas; Larry Fuller and Marc Seales, to name a few.

Lewis has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; pianist Marian McPartland; guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli; clarinetist Eddie Daniels; and out-sax titan Charles Gayle.

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Monster Stick-Man

Although, he is considered a “monster stick-man” in the jazz community, Lewis is also known for his tantalizing, tight and in-the-pocket, hip-hop grooves. He has performed and/or recorded with New Orleans funk legend and bassist George Porter, Jr. of the Funky Meters; Seattle’s rich, hip-hop/soul and rock and roll legends such as Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam; Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler of Shabazz Palaces/Digable Planets; Reggie Watts; Sir-Mix-A lot; Macklemore; Source of Labor; Blue Scholars and the ever-soulful vocalist, Choklate.

In early 2007 Lewis was awarded the Seattle Jazz, Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Emerging Artist of 2006. By strong encouragement from his grandmother and coming to the realization that he comes from a rich, musical “Lewis” family dynasty, it was also in 2006 that D’Vonne formed the ‘hard-hitting, cutting-edge quartet, Industrial Revelation.(industrialrevelation.com) In 2014, the band won top honors at the Stranger Genuis Awards in the music category; they were Earshot jazz Golden Ear Award winners for best ‘Alternative Jazz Group’; they were also named ‘Best of Seattle’ jazz band by Seattle Weekly Magazine, and ‘Top Soul Band’ of Seattle by City Arts Magazine.

Also in 2014, Lewis received the 2013 Earshot Jazz Award for “Instrumentalist of the Year”.

Tours & Performances

D’Vonne currently resides in Seattle, Washington where he relentlessly tours and performs shows and concerts in styles ranging from jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock, brazilian and African music. He also teaches privately and often gives drum clinics in schools and various musician camps around the world.

Even though Lewis continues to stay busy booking and performing with his own group’s, such as ‘Industrial Revelation’, ‘Triplifried Trio’ and ‘D’Vonne Lewis’ Limited Edition’; with which he opened up for the Grammy-award winning band, Snarky Puppy in 2013, Lewis remains to be a first-call drummer to many other bands/groups and legendary musicians not only nationally, but worldwide. He also is currently a member of the band Digable Planets, Skerik’s Bandalabra Quartet, and the original McTuff Trio.

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