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Richard Lewis Tenor Sax

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Richard is one of our two lead tenor saxophonists; his interest in music began when he was eleven, after being given a saxophone as a present. At seventeen he worked as a professional musician in Birmingham and spent many years playing for various bandleaders, doing radio and TV work and accompanying many well-known artists. He also ran his own quartet for a number of years. Due to the generosity of a close friend, Richard has recently become the proud owner of a rare vintage 1935 Conn saxophone which has been restored to its original condition. Although its sound and action rival many modern instruments Richard says it is nice to know that he is no longer the oldest part of MBB. Although officially retired, Richard’s love of music keeps him playing in a jazz quintet, the West Midlands Light Orchestra, theatre orchestras and The Splinters Band, a ten piece group playing soul, swing and rhythm and blues. His love of big band jazz makes him a keen member of MBB, and the photo is not bad for a man who claims not to have smiled since 1965! (The rest of the band suspect he may have smiled and is actually quite happy).