The Marcus Lewis Big Band is joining forces with Kansas City emcees Kemet The Phantom & Kadesh Flow to combine big band (full jazz ensemble) with hip hop. Arranger and Trombonist Marcus Lewis will present big band arrangements of Kemet and Kadesh's original material, as well as full jazz band versions of songs such as Kendrick Lamar's «Alright» and Bruno Mars' «24K Magic».
Marcus holds a BM in jazz performance from Valdosta State
University and MM in trombone performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Marcus currently lives in Kansas City, MO
where he leads his own quintet, 18-piece Big Band and continues to tour with Grammy Nominated vocalist, Janelle Monáe.
Marcus released his debut CD in 2012 entitled «Facing East» which features a world class line-up including Logan Richardson on Alto Sax, Adam Larson on Tenor Sax, Pablo Masis on Trumpet, Andrea Lewis on Vocals, Sam Harris on Piano, Aidan Carroll on Bass, and Tommy Crane on Drums. The album was featured in Vogue Magazine as being one the top albums on Janelle Monae’s 2012 Summer Playlist. Marcus Lewis is currently working on music for a new CD to be released in the fall of 2016. Marcus Lewis is the Artistic Director of Future Jazz, a nonprofit dedicated to Jazz Education.
Marcus has performed at venues that include the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Klaipeda Jazz Festival in 2003, and the Jimmy Carter Summer Concert Series in 2008. As a sideman, he has also performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest, the 2011 Glastonbury Festival, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert and the 2012 North Sea Jazz Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and for President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011 and 2012. Television shows include SNL, David Letterman, The Today Show, Jools Holland, Arsenio Hall, and American Idol. Marcus was awarded the 2008 Betty Carter Jazz Residency and the 2003 Outstanding Soloist award at the Wichita Jazz Festival.
Some notable artists that Marcus has performed and/or recorded
with are Aretha Franklin, Prince, Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, B.o.B, Jidenna, Musiqsoulchild, Avery Sunshine, The Barkays,
Confunkshun, and Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players. In addition to an active touring and recording schedule, Marcus stays busy writing, arranging, teaching and leading clinics and master-classes worldwide.
KEMET THE PHANTOM
Kemet Coleman otherwise known as Kemet the Phantom is one of Kansas City most elusive yet heralded musicians. Maintaining his integrity as a rapper, the Substruct Music artist formlessly combines elements of Jazz and electronic music in his production style with Rap aesthetics to create what many have coined to be «Dapper Rap».
Coleman broad spectrum of sensibilities can be seen in his group affiliations. He is a member of the Hip-Hop duo COA (Center of Attention) and the lead singer of the 8-member Funk/Rap/Soul band The Phantastics. Kemet, shines as a complete showman embracing a James Brown-esque persona via syncopated vocals, rhythmic dance moves and dapper costume style.
Kemet the Phantom is a Kansas City enthusiast and urbanist often known for his unprecedented collaborations with KC entities and organizations such as University of Missouri-Kansas City, KC Streetcar and The Kansas City Royals. He is also highly regarded for his impresario role within the Sly James for Mayor Campaign in the 2010-2011 where he created the first ever Kansas City mayoral candidate rap song. Also University of Missouri – Kansas City alumnus, Kemet, after being fed up with his alma-mater being a sports afterthought (locally) created “Gold and Blue” which has garnered thousands of plays on YouTube and has been featured on prime-time television commercials for the university.
Creating almost a formless persona as a rapper and public figure, Kemet the Phantom has graced the cover of multiple newspapers and magazine covers and won numerous awards: 2009, INK Magazine, 2011 KC Magazine, 2012 Pitch Weekly. He is a two time Pitch Music Award nominee for «Best Hip-Hop Act» in Kansas City and was the 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters «Sexiest Single» in Kansas City.
Emcee and trombonist Ryan «Kadesh Flow» Davis is a rapper with an MBA, a Trombone Super Saiyan, an Otaku Maven, and a cosplay Padawan. At age 11, 'Desh, as many of his listeners call him, began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. Now, he brings realism, consciousness, and otaku thoughts together in riveting flow format.He has composed original music for Toonami Asia and for FUNimation backed anime documentaries, his music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia, and he has been publicly lauded by outlets such IGN and Kotaku. Locally,Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands and artists throughout the city.