Music has been an essential part of life for Seth since he was a child singing and playing numerous instruments until age 12 when he found the bass. Thanks to his life in music he has travelled the world performing and teaching and has worked with some of the most influential artists in jazz as well as performing on Broadway, in Las Vegas shows and regularly appearing at some of the greatest jazz clubs in New York City, including Smalls, Smoke, Dizzy’s Club CocaCola, and The Iridium. Seth has collaborated with many artists, including Mulgrew Miller, Louis Hayes, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Jerry Dodgion, Randy Brecker, Sheila Jordan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others. His mentors include the late Bob Cranshaw and Ron Carter, two of the most recorded bassists in history.
Seth has been recognized with grants from the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and the University of Northern Colorado. Seth has been a member of multiple Downbeat student music award winning groups while he attended some of the most respected institutions in the field of jazz education and earned degrees from the Hartt School of Music and William Paterson University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree and holds a teaching assistantship at the University of Northern Colorado. Seth has been a counselor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for several years and Seth has previosuly taught at the Hartt School of Music, The Artists Collective, Newark Academy and the Litchfield Jazz Camp. Music is a gift that is meant to be shared and Seth is grateful for the continued opportunities he has to bring music to new audiences.
Open source band
Open Source is a jazz ensemble that pursues creative music with a post bop emphasis. The term open source comes from the world of computer programming. An open source program is one that can be modified and distributed freely by anyone. This describes the band Open Source in that its members are a collective unit that have many diverse pursuits and are free to explore them in and out of the group.
Open Source the band came together in 2012 while founding members Seth Lewis and Kenyon Brenner were members of the Glenn Miller orchestra and the group served as an outlet for original compositions and a way to pursue classic and overlooked repertoire from the jazz canon. Open Source recorded its first, self-titled album in New York with guitarist Randy Johnston.
Open Source is preparing to release their second album, ‘So This is Love’ in spring 2018 featuring founding members Seth Lewis and Kenyon Brenner as well as Greg Gisbert on trumpet, Ben Markley on Piano and Evan Sherman on drums.
Visit opensourcemusic.bandcamp.com to preview and buy select tracks from the upcoming album.
BRIAN CLAXTON - DRUMS
TOM AMEND - PIANO
SETH LEWIS - BASS
SHAWN WILLIAMS - TRUMPET
KENYON BRENNER - SAXOPHONE