Although all the soloists demonstrate professional expertise, guitarist Lewandowski’s confident surefootedness is especially impressive…”, David Franklin, Jazz Times magazine.

"A tasteful improviser and accompanist ... thoroughly professional."

Kevin Lynch, Milwaukee Journal.

"Wove clear countermelodies up and down scales ... distinguished by rapid fire guitar ... the most interesting offering of the evening."

Rich Mangelsdorf, Milwaukee Sentinel.


Steve Lewandowski has more than 40 years of professional experience in the music business as a guitarist. His playing is characterized by widely diverse styles such as post-bop, funk edged jazz, and blues. He has arranged, composed, and conducted in a variety of popular and jazz bands, and played guitar as a theater musician, solo, on radio, recordings, and television. Steve has performed with a variety of international and local artists – The Milwaukee Symphony, Tha Racine Symphony, Gary Burton, Ashley Alexander, Alan Vache, Charlie Braughm, Russ Phillips, Bobby Lewis,  Manty Ellis, Berkley Fudge, Fifth Dimension, Chuck Hedges, OPUS, Bel Canto Chorus, with touring Broadway shows such as “Sweet Charity”, “Chicago”, “Lion King”, “Spamalot”, “Legally Blonde”, and others.

 

He has a rich history of club performances, shows, concerts, and clinics. As a member of OPUS he participated in the Vibrations Unlimited Series concerts with the Milwaukee Symphony, performed at numerous Summerfest, Lakefront Festival of the Arts and other music festivals, and backed artists such as Buddy Rich, Pat Metheny, Yellow Jackets, and Dizzy Gillespie. Local television appearances include WISN, WITI, and WMVT. His original compositions from the EP “First Light” received airplay on public radio stations internationally. The Southern Wisconsin Music Board nominated OPUS as 1981’s best Jazz/Jazz Rock group in Wisconsin, and was chosen to be the featured group at the Wisconsin Jazz Festival Foundation’s inaugural concert in Milwaukee. Steve was awarded “Best Guitarist, 2006”, and nominated “Best Guitarist, 2007” by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI). More recently he has recorded a solo CD, “Familiar Melodies” which has received international radio attention, and has taken over leadership of Chuck Hedges’ Milwaukee Connection. In the summer, 2013, Steve premiered “Trinity” for jazz band and orchestra with the Racine Symphony Orchestra.


STEVE’S BIO

“There’s diversity here, from chamber swing to gypsy jazz, blues, sambas and more” - Mike Drew, Veteran Milwaukee jazz critic and columnist