Dr. Lewis Keizer
|Played jazz professionally in Portland, Oregon, during the early 1960’s.|
|Established the jazz program at UCSC in 1970 while a faculty member in Religious Studies.|
|Performed with the PLUM FOREST
traditional jazz band, JAKE STOCK AND THE ABALONE |
STOMPERS, BATHTUB GIN DIXIELAND BAND (Bellingham, WA), singer Marcia K’s STATE
STREET JAZZ BAND (Las Vegas, NV), SWEET THURSDAY (Monterey), and at many festivals including the Sacramento Jubilee, Monterey Dixieland Festival, and scores of others.
|During the 1980’s performed all
summer for the America’s Cup Races in Newport, |
Rhode Island, with JACK LONDON’S JAZZ BAND, then co-led the CALIFORNIA RHYTHM KINGS with trombonist Ed Zimbrick. During 1991-2000 performed with Ed Zimbrick’s all-star TENTH AVENUE JAZZ BAND in Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, Australia, and at numerous American jazz festivals.
|Performed with such greats as Sonny Chris, Jimmy Pepper, Monk Mongomery, Scott Hamilton, George Young, and did duo cornet or trumpet performances with Bobby Hackett, Chet Baker, and Jackie Coon.|
|Appeared as all-star guest artist at 1998 Edinburgh Jazz Festival in Scotland.|
|Recent Recordings: The Electric Cornet of Lewis Keizer (1998); Bathtub Gin Party Band Favorites (1996); Marcia K’s State Street Band (1995); and Tenth Avenue Jazz Band recordings 1998-2001. Also recorded with JAKE STOCK'S ABALONE STOMPERS and Russ Guarino's LIGHTHOUSE JAZZ BAND.|
|2006-Present: Sweet Thursday Jazz Band with Bob Phillips and George Young.|
|2008-Present: Rejoined Ed Zimbrick's 10TH AVENUE JAZZ BAND.|
|2011-Present: Formed JAZZ PARFAIT as a dinner music duo with guitarist Mark Hamersly.|
|Music Excerpts on the pages of this web site are taken from live and studio recordings.|
Trumpeter with the Portland Symphony Orchestra (1960-61).
Conductor and Music
Director of the NEW HASTINGS SYMPHONIC BAND for seven consecutive summer
Guest Conductor of Santa Cruz Symphony Nutcracker Ballet
Conductor and Music Director of the SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (1979-1986) for regular winter concert season.