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|Birth name||Lewis Soloff|
|Born||20 January 1944|
New York, NY, USA
|Associated acts||Barbra Streisand|
Born in New York City Lew was raised in Lakewood, New Jersey. He took up the trumpet when he was ten and was fortunate to have been exposed to recordings of Louis Armstrong and Roy Eldridge from an early age. As a teenager he worked in the Catskills in the summer and graduated to the New York scene during the Sixties, playing club dates and concerts at Radio City Music Hall.
After studying at Juilliard, Soloff played jazz trumpet with several leaders, notably Maynard Ferguson and Gil Evans and the Latin groups of Machito, Tito Puente, and Chuck Mangione. He first came to prominence in 1968 with the Grammy Award winning jazz/rock band Blood Sweat & Tears where he remained for five years. Soloff's extensive performances have included gigs with Ornette Coleman, Frank Sinatra, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band, Machito, Marianne Faithfull, Barbra Streisand, Carla Bley, Dizzy Gillespie and numerous others.
These days Soloff is busy with a number of other projects, recording 16 albums with the Manhattan Jazz Quintet (he's a charter member of the group formed in 1984), US'N (featuring George Young, Will Lee, Steve Gadd, Rob Mounsey, and Sammy Figueroa), Pocket Brass Band (led by trombonist Ray Anderson), and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. He recently finished recording a new album with his regular working ensemble The Food Group, comprised of Lou Marini, Joe Beck, Mark Egan, and Danny Gottlieb. He is also a featured member of Carla Bley's 4+4 group.