Tony nominee Norm Lewis, last seen in the Emmy-winning NBC broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live, has just released The Norm Lewis Christmas Album. Lewis’s album has amazing arrangements by his musical director, Joseph Joubert, especially on track 6, “The Little Drummer Boy.”
T2C tried to film it but we were doing clips and didn’t realize how fabulous the whole number was. Plus we couldn’t get a clean copy as waiters were busy serving.
This powerful baritone record his second album, produced by long-time producer/director friend, Richard Jay-Alexander and Lewis, himself. Jeremy Katz serves as Executive Producer. With his musical director, Joseph Joubert and his swinging band George Farmer on electric and upright bass and Perry Cavari on percussion and drums, over the course of three days, they recorded an astonishing 18 songs, LIVE, with little or no retakes.
Also on the album is his cousin, Pastor Bobby Lewis, from New Light Baptist Church in Harlem for a killer duet on Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and his Broadway pals Darius de Haas, Mykal Kilgore & Destan Owens on a special radio-ready cut of WHY COULDN’T IT BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY? gifted to the singer by Authors Walter Afanasieff & Jay Landers.
Lewis is celebrating his new recording at his annual holiday show Nutcracker Cool at Feinstein’s/54 Below. The concerts run until December 22nd at 7 PM and they are a must for anyone who wants to get into the holiday mood.