Ted Lewis Jazz Band
perfect for schools or Retirement communities
The five-piece Ted Lewis Jazz Band brings the same Ted Lewis favorites to smaller venues that can't accommodate the entire 25-person Ted Lewis Orchestra and Revue.
The Ted Lewis Jazz Band features Joseph Rubin as Ted Lewis, along with an all-star five piece jazz band Clarinet/C Melody Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums and Piano (the same size that Ted started out with in 1917). A female vocalist completes the company for this intimate revue! Ted Lewis' arrangements have been meticulously transcribed from original records and manuscript parts so your audiences will hear this music just as it was played almost a century ago!
The program combines the biggest hits of the 1920s and 30s along with Ted's fascinating history for a entertaining and educational one hour concert. The Ted Lewis Jazz Band can perform in almost any venue, no stage needed!
A teacher's guide is available for educational performances.
Is Everybody Happy?
A Ted Lewis Multimedia Extravaganza
Join Ted Lewis Museum curator Joseph Rubin on a musical journey through the life and times of "The High-Hatted Tragedian of Song," Ted Lewis. From his childhood days in "The Capital of the World" Circleville, Ohio through his years in Vaudeville, to his career in records, film, stage, and television, this presentation covers all the high points of Ted's 65 years in show business. Find out how some of the greatest big band leaders of the 1940s, Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey got their start playing in Ted Lewis' band. Learn about Ted's close friends Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, George Jessel and more. The hour long multimedia lecture features a plethora of rare film and Television clips from the collection of the Ted Lewis Museum, some of which have not been seen in public for over 40 years! This presentation has been presented to critical acclaim at venues as diverse as the Chicago Public Library and retirement communities.