Mingo Lewis

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James "Mingo" Lewis
Birth nameJames Lewis
BornDecember 1940 (age 80)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Associated actsSantana, The Tubes, Return to Forever

James "Mingo" Lewis (born December 1940) is an American jazz percussionist and drummer who played with Santana, Al Di Meola (he was a band member for Di Meola's first five albums), and The Tubes.


Lewis plays congas, bongos, timbales, vibraslap, drums, bells, güiro, gong, Syndrum, bata, tambourine, cowbell and assorted percussion.[1]


Lewis is credited with composition of one song on each of the first three Di Meola albums: "The Wizard" on Land of the Midnight Sun, "Flight Over Rio" on Elegant Gypsy, and "Chasin' The Voodoo" on Casino (retitled from his composition Aba Cua on his 1976 album Flight Never Ending). For The Tubes album Now Lewis wrote "God-Bird-Change", which he reprised on Di Meola's Electric Rendezvous

Selected discography[edit]

As Band Leader[edit]

  • Flight Never Ending (1976)

As session player[edit]

With Al Di Meola[edit]

With The Tubes[edit]


  1. ^ "Mingo Lewis". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2018.