This dynamic Jazz/R&B/Blues artist has been described as “Sinatra meets Ray Charles meets King Curtis”! He plays great saxophone and piano, but his soulful, swinging vocals are his first instrument, and entertaining is clearly his first love.
From playing sax with many Jazz and Pop Music stars through his headlining vocal performances at galas for cultural icons like Oprah, David Letterman, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Sting and Martha Stewart, Victor Lesser has embodied the excitement and diversity of New York City’s thriving, always evolving contemporary music scene.
A true musical triple threat, the versatile and charismatic Manhattan born and raised performer is a saxophone virtuoso and a dynamic, critically heralded singer. Lesser has drawn on his jazz roots and love for R&B and the Great American Songbook to spark a diverse career that transcends genres, eras and easy categorizations.
He has performed at clubs, events and festivals around the globe. Lesser – whose vocal influences range from Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima to Big Joe Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Wilson Pickett and Joe Cocker and saxophone influences include Charlie Parker, Sam Butera, David Sanborn, Junior Walker and Warne Marsh – has been a featured performer at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazz Festival and tours and special events in Europe, Japan and the Caribbean. He has been featured with “The Sopranos,” appeared with Paul Shaffer and the band on David Letterman’s “Late Night” (the quintessential NYC experience) and was bandleader on the Lifetime Network’s national talk show “Attitudes.”
He was a member of the legendary NYC R&B-jazz band Stuff, which featured an all-star lineup of Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree, Gordon Edwards and Steve Gadd. Lesser’s other credits have included included work with the Luther Vandross Band, Hiram Bullock, Darryl Hall (Hall & Oates), Chuck Mangione, Jocelyn Brown, Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers), Ben E. King, The Coasters, Dr. John (Mac Rebennack), Eddie Durham, Gary U.S. Bonds and many more.
His composing, arranging and producing skills have been in demand for many television shows, albums and commercials heard around the world.
His NYC events resume includes the Emmy Awards, Tiffany’s NY Launch, NY Event Industry Awards, Cipriani, Mandarin Oriental and International Petroleum.
This year, Lesser has been playing sold-out shows at the Friars Club, the Core Club, Cipriani and other New York venues doing his own shows and with artists like Sting and Tony Danza.
“One of my favorite things about this unique career I have,” Lesser says, “is having the opportunity to play and sing the music I love for so many appreciative audiences, and working with so many incredible musicians over the years.”