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David Lewis grew up in the small town of Hamilton, Victoria in Australia, and began studying piano and performing on trumpet in school bands. He continued his musical studies at the University of Melbourne and then travelled to Sweden, then Paris, to study trumpet in the early 1980s. While studying at the Paris Conservatoire he also premiered a number of new works for trumpet with the collective N.A.M.E. (New American Music in Paris). After graduation, his attraction to jazz and popular music finally got the upper-hand. He co-founded the group Crescent and he began to perform at jazz venues such as the New Morning, and in a wide range of other professional situations, including a short stint at the Folies Bergères...

In 1991 he joined Manu Dibango's group and toured extensively through Europe and Africa, including a historic tour of South Africa in 1993. He has also recorded and toured with many Paris-based artists including Italian singer Gianmaria Testa, Lokua Kanza, John Greaves, Maurane, Marc Perrone and Arthur H and the Bachibouzouk Band.

Around this time, Lewis also began to write and perform music for theater and cabaret in Paris - it was while performing at the original Cabaret Sauvage at la Villette in Paris that he first worked with chanteuse Belle du Berry in 1994 - beginning their performing/songwriting collaboration which then continued with the group Paris Combo. Paris Combo have enjoyed international success - their second album "Living-Room" (1999) was a gold-record in France and was nominated for the French equivalent of the Grammy. They have toured extensively outside France, including three Australian tours and twelve in the US. As well as performing with the group, Lewis also co-produced their four studio albums.

David Lewis and Belle du Berry are currently working on a new project and plan to have a new album ready for release in 2009.

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