Leslie Lewis & Gerard Hagen
After living in Los Angeles for many years, jazz vocalist Leslie Leslie and her husband pianist Gerard Hagen followed a dream and relocated to Paris. They have collectively recorded eight CD's which have received international radio airplay and critical praise in the Los Angeles Times, Jazz Times Magazine, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Jazz Improv Magazine, Cadence Magazine, Cashbox, All About Jazz, All Music Guide and Jazz Hot Magazine. Their tours have taken them to Europe, Asia, Africa and throughout the U.S. including venues in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Notable performances include Jazz A Vienne, Royal College of Music, London, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, Sunside Jazz Club, Paris and Lehman College Jazz Festival, New York. Leslie has been a featured vocalist with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, Jazz Tap Ensemble and she has performed with members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra including Britt Woodman and Norris Turney. In addition she has performed with John Bunch, Joe Wilder, Harry Allen and Rhoda Scott. Gerard is active as a performer, arranger, producer and was an associate professor of jazz piano at Saddleback College in California. He currently teaches at International Music Educators of Paris College of Music.
JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE: "Leslie Lewis is all a good jazz singer should be. Her beautiful tone and classy phrasing evoke the sound of the classic jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Leslie Lewis' vocals are complimented perfectly by her husband, Gerard Hagen.”