THE MARCUS LEWIS BIG BAND “BRASS AND BOUJEE”


“Brass and Boujee takes hip hop and big band, and makes something entirely new.”

— Central Standard

The Marcus Lewis Big Band’s new unit, “Brass and Boujee,” is a collaboration between Marcus Lewis, and two emcees, Kemet the Phantom and Kadesh Flow. The collaborative performance combines hip hop and big band jazz sounds. Marcus Lewis, a trombonist and arranger will be presenting full jazz band arrangements of original songs from Kansas City emcees Kemet The Phantom and Kadesh Flow. The Marcus Lewis Big Band is an 18 piece jazz ensemble that plays original music. It’s members are Kansas City’s “top call” jazz section players, and improvisers.

Marcus Lewis released his debut CD in 2012 entitled “Facing East” which was featured in Vogue Magazine as being on the top of Janelle Monae’s 2012 Summer Playlist. Marcus has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Klaipeda Jazz Festival, and the Jimmy Carter Summer Concert Series. As a sideman, he has also performed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest, the 2011 Glastonbury Festival, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the 2012 North Sea Jazz Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and for President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011 and 2012. Television shows he’s been on include SNL, David Letterman, The Today Show, Jools Holland, Arsenio Hall, and American Idol. Marcus was awarded the 2008 Betty Carter Jazz Residency and the 2003 Outstanding Soloist award at the Wichita Jazz Festival. Marcus is also the Artistic Director of Future Jazz, a nonprofit dedicated to Jazz Education.

Kemet Coleman otherwise known as Kemet the Phantom is one of Kansas City most elusive yet heralded musicians. Maintaining his integrity as a rapper, the Substruct Music artist formlessly combines elements of Jazz and electronic music in his production style with Rap aesthetics to create what many have coined to be “Dapper Rap”. Kemet the Phantom is a Kansas City enthusiast and urbanist often known for his unprecedented collaborations with KC entities and organizations such as University of Missouri-Kansas City, KC Streetcar and The Kansas City Royals. He is also highly regarded for his impresario role within the Sly James for Mayor Campaign in 2010-2011 where he created the first ever Kansas City mayoral candidate rap song.

 

Emcee and trombonist Ryan “Kadesh Flow” Davis is a rapper with an MBA, a Trombone Super Saiyan, an Otaku Maven, and a cosplay Padawan. At age 11, ‘Desh began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. Now, he brings realism, consciousness, and otaku thoughts together in riveting flow format. He has composed original music for Toonami Asia and for FUNimation backed anime documentaries, his music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia, and he has been publicly lauded by outlets such IGN and Kotaku. Locally Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands and artists throughout Kansas city.