Confessions Of A High School Band Mom

On the outskirts of DC, a small studio is cluttered with advanced electronics, soundboards, keyboards, cables and microphones. It may not look like much, but inside this studio sits a master producer, who is known throughout professional music world, but almost forgotten in the DC area. Steven Lewis, otherwise known as ‘Grey Fox’ is considered one of the country’s leading music tracking writers and sound producers. He is highly sought after by Disney, Dreamworks and Pixar Animation, working non-stop on endless projects. We caught up with Steve during one of him coffee breaks.

I’m trained on Trombone but I play saxophone, trumpet, and flute by ear. I can play drums but I’m not a drummer and I also play piano/keyboards by ear.

Some still like to debate whether or not he really was the “inventor of jazz.” He reportedly carried business cards in his later years with that title beneath his name. Where there is no dispute is how he helped lead jazz into the mainstream and helped make the new music as popular as it became. Without Jelly Roll Morton, there might not have been a Louis Armstrong. Without Armstrong, there probably wouldn’t have been a Miles Davis and on and on it goes.

The screenplay and movie of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” are, in their own rights, excellent and quite effective, but they are a decided departure from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. We all know that the motion picture is an entirely different medium from the world of the novel, but some of the changes screenwriter Anthony Minghella made are questionable.

As far as artist are concerned: Intro, MC Breed, The Mac Band, All Saints. I have had multiple commercials on the West coast playing my music from clothing stores to restaurants. Right now, I have commercials playing in 12 countries, mostly wine commercials, from Caves Jean Schlink-Hoffeld winery in Luxembourg Germany. My sound generation work is used over and over in Disney animations, as well as, Dreamworks and Pixar projects. I do quite a bit in music licensing. Dove, Famous Dave’s, Horton hears a Who, pretty much any Disney Animation after 1995.

Fridays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6-9 p.m. – Luminaries: Explore infinite patterns and colors using tissue paper on a simple glass jar that you can illuminate at home with a small candle.

Kenny Werner Quintet: Impressive as composer, leader and sideman – the pianist’s credits include working with Charles Mingus, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell – Werner comes to Northern California in the company of Randy Brecker (trumpet), David Sanchez (saxophone), Scott Colley (bass) and Antonio Sanchez (drums). 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay. $35; 7 p.m. Mon., Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 321 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25-$28; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, San Francisco. $18.