Vince di Mura is a veteran Jazz pianist, composer, arranger and musical director who has appeared on concert stages and theatres throughout North America, Canada, Europe and Latin America. He currently serves as the Resident Composer and Musical Director for the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University. He has conducted theatre seasons at The Bethesda Nederlander Theatre, and is best known for his arrangements of My Way, a tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra (with book by Todd Olson, over 600 productions world-wide). Vince holds numerous composition and jazz fellowships and has made five recordings, including two spoken word/jazz operas (“A Poet In Harlem” with text by Nuyorican poet Willie Perdomo, and “For Lost Words” based on the Vietnam poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa).
Saxophonist/composer James Brandon Lewis has earned a reputation in the gospel, R&B, and jazz worlds. Born in Buffalo and raised in the church, James attended the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, and, later, Howard University. While at Howard, Lewis was able to perform with many jazz greats, toured Japan with the University’s Jazz Ensemble, and performed at the Kennedy Center Honors backing John Legend, k.d. lang, and Vanessa Williams. James relocated to New York in 2012 and began playing with a who’s-who of jazz veterans.
Monteabaro Recital Hall
Howard Community College
Saturday, February 13, from 4:00 – 6:00pm