Hewitt's new context for expression is his imaginative homage to the great jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal. Specifically, Hewitt is performing classic Jamal material from the late 1950s, including tunes from the breakthrough live recordings in 1958 at the Pershing Room in Chicago and the Spotlight Club in Washington, D.C.
Hewitt's Jamal repertoire includes a virtually note-for-note transcription of the enormous Jamal hit ``Poinciana.''
A musician who's much at home with the verbal and quite happy to blend his music with the power of the written word, Hewitt has collaborated with writer Melanie Greenhouse and poet Marilyn Nelson. Some years ago he produced and performed in an innovative, first-rate series that brought many rising young singers from New York City and Boston to Hartford nightspots. Known for his versatility, he has been musical director for numerous Connecticut jazz clubs. And he has performed in varied musical settings, ranging from studio work for TV jingles to recording sessions with an array of artists ranging from the cutting-edge saxophonist Thomas Chapin to the great Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi.