Jim Lewis is a freelance trumpet player, improviser, composer/arranger and educator, and is currently a Lecturer in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Toronto. He is a regular member of the Paul Read Orchestra (Arc-en-ciel), Frank Lozano Group (Colour Fields), Christine Duncan’s Element Choir (Live at Rosedale United, Element Choir & William Parker – At Christ Church Deer Park ), Mark Segger Sextet (The Beginning), an improvising trio with Andrew Downing and Jean Martin (On a Short Path From Memory to Forgotten) and a standard trio with Downing and David Occhipinti. He also can be heard in clubs in the Toronto area, and across the country as a sideman, and has played Jazz Festivals across Canada, and in the United States and Europe with some of Canada’s most creative jazz musicians and improvisers.
Jim holds a Masters Degree in Performance (Concentration in Jazz) from the University of Louisville, where he studied trumpet performance with Dr. Michael Tunnell, composition and arranging with John LaBarbera and improvisation with Jamey Aebersold.
Jim is the Musical Director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s annual ‘Youth Jazz Summit', and the ‘Galaxie Rising Stars’ bringing together Canadian jazz students aged 17 – 22 to rehearse, workshop, and perform during the Ottawa Jazz Festival. He has adjudicated festivals and presented workshops across Canada and in the U.S.A., including clinics, a research paper and performing groups at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences in Chicago, New York, Anaheim and New Orleans.