Influenced by Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Booker Little and Thad Jones; trumpeter, Lewis ‘Flip’ Barnes is Virginia born, NYC reared and Howard University educated.
In addition to his work with Burnt Sugar, Barnes has lent his trumpet, vocal and electric bass stylings to bassist William Parker’s critically acclaimed quartet, (which includes Rob Brown on saxophone and Hamid Drake on drums) The Raining On The Piano Group, (which adds pianist Eri Yamamoto and vocalist Leena Conquest to the quartet) The Little Huey Orchestra, and The Inside The Songs of Curtis Mayfield project, (with Amiri Baraka, Leena Conquest, Darryl Foster, Sabir Mateen, and Dave Burrell)
He has also worked and/or recorded with saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, The Holmes Brothers, Norah Jones, drummer William Hooker, the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Chris Becker, Noizland, and numerous other musical projects.
Barnes’s son, rapper Alex Celcis has performed with Burnt Sugar as a guest. His youngest son, guitarist Asim Barnes, is a member of the band.