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Islanders' draft day stakes can't get much higher - SI.com
... Denis Potvin (1st) and Lewis (33rd) in 1973, Clark Gillies (4th), Bryan Trottier (22nd), Dave Langevin (112th) and Stefan Persson (214th) in 1974, Ken Morrow (68th) in 1976, Mike Bossy (15th) and John Tonelli (33rd) in 1977, Steve Tambellini (15th)...
DSG, Kesa to reveal fall in profits; John Lewis depicts positive ... - TopNews United States
On the other hand, John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store group, reported a spectacular increase in sales of white goods. Electricals and home-technology sales recorded a rise of 8.2 % year-on-year at John Lewis. John Lewis-owned Waitrose...
New Speaker must face down ministers - guardian.co.uk
Thus reforms continued under Blair, sometimes in the name of shorter, "family-friendly" hours which kept MPs busy in daylight hours and scattered them to their John Lewis-furnished flats at night, their scope for independent action "streamlined" and...
Fear of crime making Croydon unnattractive to big business, says ... - Croydon Guardian
John Lewis has long been touted as coming to Croydon as part of the Park Place development around St George's Walk. But Jeremy Collins, head of retail development at the firm, said Croydon's reputation of crime was a concern....
Site of defunct club may reinvent itself - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
County Commission candidate John Lewis spoke in 2006. The space could continue to be used for events. By KEVIN L. MCQUAID SARASOTA - The owner of the Bank of America Building downtown may try to keep the now-vacant University Club as a banquet center,...
John L. Davis, Jr. - People's Tribune
You can leave a response or trackback to this entry Funeral services for John Lewis Davis, Jr., 86, of Louisiana were held at 10 am Saturday at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Randall Cone officiated. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in...
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Those oak trees take root on a New Zealand planting farm, where Lewis hopes Acorn donors willing to trek that far will be able to visit soon. After the jump, details on how it works from John Lewis. CoM: Is planting a tree really a good offset for your...
Schenectady police disciplinary hearings postponed - Schenectady Gazette
The day's dramatic events ended with an afternoon session in front of Kramer featuring attorneys for the city, the Police Benevolent Association and personal attorneys for officer John Lewis, who would have been tried administratively in public today....
John Lewis sales jump on electricals surge - Times Online
Sales at John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store group, improved last week, boosted by a strong performance in electrical goods. Today's positive update from the high street bellwether will bring some cheer to retailers after bleak figures from...

John Lewis (pianist)

John Aaron Lewis (3 May 1920 – 29 March 2001) was an American jazz pianist and composer best known as the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Born in LaGrange, Illinois and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he learned classical music and piano from his mother starting at the age of seven. He continued his musical training at the University of New Mexico and also studied anthropology. He served in the Army in World War II. While stationed in France on a three-year tour of duty, he met and performed with Kenny Clarke. Clarke was an early developer of the bop style and Lewis composed and arranged for a band he and Clarke organized. Lewis returned from service in 1945 and resumed his university studies.

In the fall however, he went to New York where he found work in 52nd Street clubs with Allen Eager, Hot Lips Page and others. After that year, he joined Dizzy Gillespie's bop-style big band where Clarke was the drummer. Lewis developed his skill further by composing and arranging for the band as well as attending the Manhattan School of Music. In January 1948, the band made a concert tour of Europe, interrupting Lewis' studies. Lewis stayed in Europe for a time after the tour, writing and studying piano. He returned to the United States and started working for Charlie Parker in 1948 (he recorded the piano part on the famous recording "Parker's Mood"), Illinois Jacquet from October 1948 to 1949, Lester Young from 1950 to 1951, and others. He participated in the second Birth of the Cool session with Miles Davis in 1949 but was unable to attend the first because of an engagement with Ella Fitzgerald, whom he accompanied. Al Haig substituted for him, and the band did not include a pianist for its third session in 1950. Lewis arranged the compositions "Move" and "Budo" (immediately released as singles in 1949) and contributed one tune, "Rouge," to these seminal sessions.

In 1951 Lewis, Milt Jackson, Clarke, and Ray Brown formed the Milt Jackson Quartet. In 1952 Percy Heath replaced Brown on bass and the Modern Jazz Quartet was born, in which Lewis served as its music director and pianist. In 1953 Lewis finally obtained his Masters from Manhattan School of Music. At first the MJQ worked only intermittently, so Lewis took on other engagements, such as continuing to accompany Ella Fitzgerald. Later, his musical energy was centered on the MJQ, for which he wrote and performed with from 1954 to 1974. He also directed the School of Jazz at the Music Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, annually in August from 1957 to 1960.

From 1958 to 1982 he also served as music director of the annual Monterey Jazz Festival, and in 1962 he formed the cooperative big band Orchestra U.S.A., which performed and recorded third-stream compositions (1962–5). After the MJQ disbanded temporarily in 1974, he held teaching positions at the City College of New York and at Harvard University. He also performed solo recitals and duo recitals with Hank Jones and others and continued composing. By the early 1980s he was performing with the reunited MJQ and with a sextet, the John Lewis Group, and, in 1985, with Gary Giddins and Roberta Swann, he founded the American Jazz Orchestra. In the 1990s he continued to teach, compose, and perform, both with the MJQ and independently. He participated in the "Re-birth of the Cool" sessions with Gerry Mulligan in 1992 (and was this time able to play on the entire album). He was also involved in various third stream music projects with Gunther Schuller and others, as well as being an early and somewhat surprising advocate of the music of Ornette Coleman. John Lewis died in New York City after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Lewis was among the most conservative of bop pianists. His improvised melodies, played with a delicate touch, were usually simple and quiet; the accompaniments were correspondingly light, with Lewis’s left hand often just grazing the keys to produce a barely audible sound. His method of accompanying soloists was similarly understated: rather than comping--punctuating the melody with irregularly placed chords--he often played simple counter-melodies in octaves which combined with the solo and bass parts to form a polyphonic texture. Occasionally, Lewis played in a manner resembling the stride styles of James P. Johnson and Fats Waller, all the while retaining his light touch. Many of Lewis’s solos had a degree of motivic unity, which is rare in jazz. For example, in "Bluesology" (1956) each chorus of his solo builds on the previous one by establishing a link from the end of one chorus to the beginning of the next. His 64-bar solo in "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (1957) derives almost entirely from its first two bars, which in turn derive from the first four notes of the theme (below). As the solo progresses Lewis subjects its opening motif to inversion (bar 9), chromatic alteration (bars 47 and 57), and a variety of other alterations in pitch and shape (bars 25-6, 41), which nevertheless retain their links with the basic figure. Lewis was similarly conservative as a composer, for his music drew heavily on harmonic and melodic practices found in 18th-century European compositions. From the 1950s he wrote a number of third-stream works combining European compositional techniques and jazz improvisation. Most of these were written for the MJQ or for the quartet with instrumental ensembles of various sizes and published by MJQ Music. Among his best pieces for the MJQ are "Django" (an homage to gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, first recorded in 1954, the year after Reinhardt's death), the ballet suite The Comedy (1962), and especially the four pieces "Vendome" (1952), "Concorde" (1955), "Versailles" (1956), and "Three Windows" (1957), all of which combine fugal imitation and nonimitative polyphonic jazz in highly effective ways. Other notable compositions that have become standards include "Milano" (1954), "Afternoon in Paris" (1956), and "Skating in Central Park" (1959, from the film score he wrote for Odds Against Tomorrow).

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John Lewis (fighter)

John Lewis (born 1969) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He competes in the Welterweight division. He lost his last fight at UFC 28 - High Stakes against Jens Pulver on November 17, 2000.

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John Lewis (footballer born 1955)

John Lewis (born Tredegar 15 October 1955) is a former Welsh football player.

Lewis was spotted by Cardiff City while playing for Pontllanfraith in a Welsh league match and was quickly offered a contract by then manager Jimmy Andrews. He made his Cardiff debut against Blackburn Rovers in September 1978. He went on to become a regular fixture in the Bluebirds line-up over the next few years before eventually leaving the club along with Linden Jones and Tarki Micallef to join Newport County in a swap deal that saw Nigel Vaughan and Karl Elsey go the other way and join Cardiff.

After establishing himself in the County side he went on to become the club's player-manager when Jimmy Mullen left for Aberdeen in 1986 but could not prevent the club being relegated in the 1986/87 season and was subsequently sacked. He moved on to spend one season at Swansea City making 25 appearances before retiring.

He also made one appearance for the Wales under-21 team.

Lewis was manager at Newport County and Merthyr. In February 2006 returned to Merthyr as coach.

Lewis will now be taking upon coaching aberbargoed buds for the 2009/10 season.

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John Lewis (UK politician)

John Lewis (14 December 1912 – 14 June 1969) was a British Labour Party politician.

Lewis was elected as Member of Parliament for the two-seat constituency of Bolton at the 1945. The constituency was divided in a boundary review for the 1950 general election, when he was returned as MP for the new Bolton West constituency.

At the 1951 general election he lost his seat to the Liberal candidate Arthur Holt.

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John Lewis Newcastle

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John Lewis Newcastle is a major department store in the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Until 2002, the store was known as Bainbridge, a name that dates back to 1838 and which is still in common usage amongst some shoppers.

Today the store is located in the Eldon Square complex in central Newcastle and now belongs to the John Lewis Partnership.

The origins of John Lewis Newcastle date back to 1838, when Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge went into partnership with William Alder Dunn and opened a drapers and fashion shop in Newcastle's Market Street. Despite success the two partners fell out and went their separate ways.

In terms of retailing history, one of the most significant facts about Bainbridge’s shop is that as early as 1849 weekly takings were recorded by department, making it one of the earliest of all department stores. This ledger survives and is now kept in the archives of the John Lewis Partnership.

Emerson Bainbridge died in 1892 and his sons took over the business. In 1897 the business became a private limited company. During the Depression, which hit the Newcastle area badly, the store introduced agents who operated in less prosperous areas, collecting payments in weekly instalments. This meant that people on low incomes could continue to buy from the shop and it kept the Bainbridge name and reputation known in areas where otherwise it might have faded away.

In 1952 an offer from the John Lewis Partnership was accepted and ownership transferred to John Lewis in the following year, although the store continued to operate under the Bainbridge brand, alongside the words "A branch of the John Lewis Partnership". In 1976 the store was relocated to the major new Eldon Square shopping centre in the city.

In 2002 further refurbishment took place, and in the same year (following a suggestion from the store partners) the store was re-branded as John Lewis.

At the time of its demise, the Bainbridge name was one of the longest continuously traded department store brands in the world.

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