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Sabby Lewis

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William Sebastian "Sabby" Lewis (November 1, 1914 in Middleburg, North Carolina – July 9, 1994) was an American jazz pianist, band leader, and arranger. Biography Lewis was born in Middleburg, North Carolina, United States, but was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started taking piano lessons when he was five and moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1932. After working with Tasker Crosson's Ten Statesmen in 1934, Lewis organized his own seven-piece band in 1936. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Sabby Lewis and his band were mainstays at notable Boston jazz venues such as the Roseland-State Ballroom, Egleston Square Gardens, and The Savoy Café. In 1942, Lewis' band won a listener contest on a broadcast from the Statler Hotel's Terrace Room in Boston. The contest, sponsored by the F.W. Fitch Company, was to select a band to appear regularly on NBC's The Fitch Bandwagon, heard on 120 stations at the time. Though Lewis did not tour frequently nor leave
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