Mark Lewis, left, and Dick Lupino will perform a jazz holiday concert in Auburn on Dec. 22. COURTESY PHOTO

Mark Lewis, left, and Dick Lupino will perform a jazz holiday concert in Auburn on Dec. 22. COURTESY PHOTO

Lewis headlines jazz Christmas concert in Auburn

Lupino, Shibayama join in for Dec. 22 performance

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 2:31pm
  • Life

Northwest jazz saxophonist Mark Lewis performs a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at Auburn Wine & Caviar, 2402 A St.

The concert features New England jazz vocalist Dick Lupino and pianist Brian Shibayama.

Lewis, a Northwest native, is one of the most lyrical saxophonists of his generation, according to distinguished jazz critic Ted Gioia. He lived for years in Holland, where he gained renown as one of Europe’s leading instrumentalists. He lived and performed in San Francisco and Victoria, B,C. He has recorded or produced more than 20 albums on various labels and composed more than 1,700 songs. His latest CD, The New York Session, was recorded in Brooklyn with top New York City musicians and earned international airplay and great reviews.

Lupino, bassist and vocalist, is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He lives most of the year in Newport, Rhode Island, but is visiting the Northwest in December. Over the past 30 years his professional experience has included performing with symphony orchestras, big bands, jazz combos and pop/rock bands. He has lived and worked as a musician and singer in Boston, New York, Las Vegas, and several European cities, performing with many renowned artists including Issac Stern, Chuck Berry, The Fifth Dimension, Steve Lawrence, and Mickey Rooney.

Shibayama was born in Seattle and attended Western Washington University, where he played piano in the stage band and various jazz combos with Mark Lewis and others. He plays with the North Sound Jazz band, the Jazz Junkies and the North Sound Jazz Trio, and is known for his smooth sound and thoughtful interpretations of classic music.

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