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.
The latest CD scheduled to be released October 7, 2016 where Grant Levin participates as a sideman on piano – STEVE HACKMAN: LEGACY: A COLTRANE TRIBUTE – has already received great reviews from jazz critics. Continue reading →
Ana Airlines inflight magazine Wingspan, published a 12 page featured article on the Jazzy City San Francisco. Happy to featured along with the core of San Francisco musicians making up this fantastic jazz scene. Read the full article here
Vocalist Tiffany Austin and her band Howard Wiley on saxophone, bassist Ron Belcher, drummer Sly Randolph and pianist Grant Levin took the stage at SFJAZZ’s Joe Henderson Lab to celebrate her debut Nothing But Soul (Con Alma Music) June 12, 2015.
Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz shared a very positive review of the collaboration album Hawkeye, with the group, formed by bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Bryan Bowman, and pianist Grant Levin and Japanese saxophonist/flautist Mas Koga.
“Bevan takes the lion’s share of the writing credits, with six tunes to his name. “Hawkeye” and “Miraje” both swing beautifully and give Levin and Koga the chance to stretch out with some melodic soloing. “Reverence for All Things Small” is performed by Bevan, Levin and Bowman—it’s a spacious ballad that showcases Bevan’s distinctive bass sound and Levin’s sparkling piano.”
“The Fillmore Jazz Festival, in its 26th year, is billed as the largest free music fair of its kind on the West Coast. Nearly 100,000 spectators are expected over the Fourth of July weekend – the festival continues today – and more than two dozen bands were lined up.
The music is mostly jazz, of course, plus gospel and rhythm and blues, and bands with Asian, Cajun, Latin and other ethnic influences. […] Read more
Photo: Pianist Grant Levin plays the piano as part of the Dave Rocha Quintet during the Fillmore Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 3, 2010 in San Francisco, Calif.