Noah Frank is an SF-based jazz trumpet player, composer, producer, engineer, DJ, and educator. He has performed at jazz clubs and festivals nationwide, including the PDX Jazz Festival in Portland, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Club in LA, and Paris Bistro in Philly. Noah’s recording credits include Chance the Rapper, Saba Pivot, and Mr. Carmack. He splits his time between Brooklyn NYC and the SF Bay Area.
Grant Levin is a San Francisco-based contemporary pianist and composer who performs in various configurations from intimate settings to concert halls and festivals. His style showcases the piano as an infinitely dynamic instrument, allowing the listener to experience the sonic blend.
Together, Noah and Grant will be exploring the jazz repertoire from the 1920s thru today, re-imagining songs from jazz greats like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and many more.
Tickets are $20 general admission. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!
Grant Levin was the first featured pianist at the first Bird and Beckett Books and Records fair wage event in November 2017. Read the write up about the program here:
Pennies From Heaven: New Fund Boosts Pay for Local Jazz Musicians – A Bay Area nonprofit has cash for fair wages. Can it convince more venues to play along?
This is a classic and modern jazz standards with a fresh interpretation by a contemporary piano trio.
When listening to this live recording, one can clearly hear the joy and warmth between the musicians and the audience. The pieces of music presented are personal favorites of each member of the trio. The three of them have had a close musical friendship for over a decade. From 2006-2009 Levin and D’Augelli were colleagues in the music department at Chico State University. During this time they would frequently call upon Langworthy to join their ensemble on gigs. This concert in 2018 marks a very happy reunion for the trio.
Enjoy the first track “Con Alma (live)” from the new record here:
This coming week, Grant Levin will give it all at Black Cat. In 8 different shows during 8 days, you can enjoy his music performed with both local and stellar musicians visiting the Bay Area.
For the early birds, Grant Levin will be playing the early sets at Black Cat with Jaz Sawyer Trio this Friday and Saturday February 16 and 17 starting at 6:30pm.
LA PERCUSSION STAR JAZ SAWYER AND HIS TRIO
Jaz Sawyer (with one “Z”) began playing drums at age of 2 in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco, California. His musical studies has taken him through the music programs at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Continue reading
If you did not get a chance to enjoy the music of Ken Fowser Quintet last spring – now is the chance: they will be playing five nights in a row at the Black Cat San Francisco.
Here is their write-up:
From NYC, the hard-hitting Ken Fowser Quintet featuring trumpet impresario Josh Bruneau. Debuting their new highly-acclaimed album “Now Hear This” (on Positone), Ken brings “hard bop fans a solid set of free wheeling jazz with a swagger…and with a polished sheen…that keeps your attention and swings mightily.” Audiophile Audition.Regularly featured in the top NYC jazz venues, Ken is a rising star in the national jazz scene. If you like jazz — if you like MUSIC — you don’t want to miss this group!
See Itinerary for the full agenda 2018.
Mario Guarneri founded the Jazz in the Neighborhood (JITN) organization, to advocate for better compensation and working conditions for jazz players. JITN will launch its new Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund for jazz musicians with a performance by the Grant Levin Trio at Bird & Beckett Books and Records in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood on Nov. 19. The Bird & Beckett bookstore has advocated financial respect for musicians since owner Eric Whittington first started hosting live jazz there, in 1999.
Read the full article at The San Francisco Classical Voice (SFCV) here.
This upcoming weekend the jazz event of the San Francisco summer will take place:
The 33rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017
Fillmore Street ~ Jackson to Eddy
San Francisco, CA
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ~ FREE
Don’t miss when Grant Levin is playing with Noel Jewkes Quartet and special guest Kay Kostopoulos on the California Street Stage- Jazz Stage, July 2nd, 2017 at 12:30 – 2:00pm.
The line-up during the first month is:
June 11: Grant Levin Duo with Giulio Xavier, bass
June 18: Grant Levin Trio w/Giulio Xavier, bass, and Jeff Minnieweather, drums
June 25: Grant Levin Quartet w/Francis Vanek, sax; Chris Amberger, bass; Jeff Minnieweather, drums
Local treasure Grant Levin, a jazz pianist of extraordinary range, sensitivity and swing, holds forth in duo, trio and quartet formats every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday night.
Bird & Beckett Books and Records
The week is here: hope you have already gotten tickets to SFJazz Center – Grant Levin will play in four of eight concerts in honor of the sax giant’s 80th birthday on April 24 and a four-night Joe Henderson Festival April 20-23 at SFJAZZ.
See the itinerary for the show details. Enjoy!
Coming up next, at Blackcat Cafe in San Francisco, are four nights in a row when Grant Levin on piano is joining saxophonist Ken Fowser and Josh Bruneau on trumpet. Playing material from Ken Fowser’s latest record on Posi-tone, “Now Hear this”.
The performances starts at 9.30pm downbeat.
You are all most welcome.
See the itinerary for more upcoming gigs.
All the best,
Team Grant Levin