Lew Soloff

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Lew Soloff
Lew Soloff.jpg
L to R: Steve Ramos, Ray Reach and Lew Soloff backstage at the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Alabama, September 27, 2008 (Photo by Claudia Reach)
Background information
Born (1944-02-20)February 20, 1944
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died March 8, 2015(2015-03-08) (aged 71)
New York City, New York
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn
Years active 1960–2015
Associated acts Blood, Sweat and Tears, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Steve Tyrell
Website www.lewsoloff.com

Lewis Michael Soloff (February 20, 1944 – March 8, 2015) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer and actor. From New York City, he studied trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School. He worked with Blood, Sweat & Tears from 1968 until 1973. Prior to this, he worked with Machito, Gil Evans, Tony Scott, Maynard Ferguson and Tito Puente.[1]

He was also a longtime member of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet and Mingus Big Band.

In the 1980s he was a member of Members Only, a jazz ensemble who recorded for Muse Records.[2]

Soloff made frequent guest appearances with jazz orchestras all over the world such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra (directed by Ray Reach).

Soloff died in 2015 after apparently suffering a heart attack in New York City.[3][4]


As soloist[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Maynard Ferguson

  • Ridin' High (1966)

With George Benson

With Blood, Sweat & Tears

With Carla Bley

With Gil Evans

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Jimmy Heath

With Tisziji Munoz

  • The Paradox of Completion (Anami Music, 2015)

With Bobby Previte

With Jeremy Steig

With Stanley Turrentine

With Others


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