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Pianist Lewis to Perform at NASCAR Race

Pianist Eric Lewis, formerly of Jazz at Lincoln Center and now with an upcoming solo album/DVD, hasn’t given up jazz for car racing yet, but from the looks of things, it may not be too far in the future.

…So that might be an exaggeration, but nonetheless, Lewis is set to perform the national anthem at the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at Sonoma, Calif.’s Infineon Raceway on Sunday. Just about anyone can catch Lewis’ piano performance, as the race will be broadcast at 12:30 PST on Fox. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster or at

A New Jersey native, Lewis has played for former president Bill Clinton at the 1996 Democratic National Convention, toured with Wynton Marsalis and LCJO, won the Thelonious Monk International Piano competition, released a solo album and scored the PBS movie A Trumpet at the Wall of Jericho – all at only 32 years old.

Lewis recently added another solo album to his laundry list of accomplishments, this one entitled Hopscotch and released on Fortress. A CD/DVD set, Hopscotch features Lewis backed by bassist Paul Beaudry and drummer Ralph Penland. The tracklist is a mix of originals and standards, which are included on both the DVD and CD. The DVD contains 13 video performances of the songs, the TV show “Eric Lewis Live from the Club at Blue Palm (as seen on BET Jazz), an interview with Lewis, interviews with bandmates and a video of Marsalis discussing Lewis and his music. The CD, in addition to the 13 tracks, also includes a bonus track.

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