Lew Soloff arrived on the New York scene in 1965 and immediately started working with the great AfroCuban band Machito, and in the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. Jam sessions at the Dom in New york led to gigs with The Kenny Dorham-Joe Henderson Big Band, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson,Howard McGhee, Urbie Green and others.
In 1966 he joined Gil Evans Orchestra, which he considered the musical highlight of his life with his mentor Gil and where he remained until present time under the leadership of his son Miles Evans. In May of 1968 Lew joined Blood Sweat and Tears with whom he toured until Sept of 1973. The band received nine gold records and a grammy for top pop group of the year.
After he left BSandT he was back to Gil Evans and also a fixture on the N.Y. recording scene. He has toured with Frank Sinatra, Carla Bley, Barbra Streisand, Ray Anderson and many others. He has recorded with and played lead trumpet with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orch for their first 6 years, and with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orch for the entire 10 years of it's existence. He has his own Quartet and Quintet, and has 10 solo albums to his credit. Also he plays in a brass Quintet called Manhattan Brass.