Growing up in New York, Dwight honed his talent in the church choir. He went on to study and perform musical styles as diverse as country and rock ‘n’ roll. But his gospel roots, combined with such childhood influences as Nancy Wilson, Nat Cole and Sarah Vaughan, made jazz a natural showcase for his talent.
From blues to ballads and jazz to swing, Dwight shines. His impeccable instincts and mellow sound have garnered the attention of some of the finest musicians in the industry. He’s performed with Sammy Tucker and renowned organist Hank Marr. He’s been showcased alongside the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Bobbie Humphrys, Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Mann. And as a featured vocalist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, he’s shared the stage with Harold Jones and Carmen Bradford.
Dwight’s fluid style lends itself to a vast repertoire from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls and many more. But his raw abilities are uniquely evidenced in his performance of original music. He’s sung on numerous recordings, including works for commercial and corporate use. He’s an accomplished studio session singer. And not surprisingly, Dwight is a talented songwriter himself.
Dwight’s own band, the Lenox Avenue Express, is an 8-piece band that performs a wide range of music from the ’40s to the ’90s, from Ellington to Sinatra, and Nat Cole to Stevie Wonder. The band is designed so that it can be sized from a 2-piece up to an 11-piece band.
“The hall heated up with the addition of Dwight Lenox.” – Curtis Schieber, The Columbus Dispatch (1999)
“Dwight Lenox…one of our finest local vocalists – almost stole the show.” – Lee Brown, The Other Paper (1999)
“Lenox Avenue Express: Butt-kicking Columbus vocalist Dwight Lenox will appear in the Jazz Tent as one of the Comfest highlights.” – Lee Brown, The Other Paper (2001)