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.

Jaz Sawyer trio The Black Cat SF fri sat bwFor 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.
Read more here.

 

 

stacey dillard groupStarting tomorrow, February 13, you can enjoy Grant Levin with the Stacy Dillard group at Black Cat SF all night long from 7pm, followed by the late evening shows Thursday February 15th-Sunday February 18th.

FROM NYC – SAX POWERHOUSE STACY DILLARD

Stacy Dillard, raised in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, started playing the saxophone at a rather late age. In his hometown, there isn’t much music happening, but only Robert Moore, Stacy’s band instructor, and a host of close friends. Athletics was a big part of his life, leading to the late start on the instrument. Stacy attended college at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio to study with Dr. William Denza, Jim Smith, Chris Berg, and Lenard Moses. Very quickly, Dillard acquired the necessary knowledge that would soon put his name out on the local scene. It was a run-in with Wynton Marsalis in Dayton, Ohio that would turn his attention to the New York Scene. After graduation, Stacy took the act to Cincinnati, where he stayed for a short time and made his first recording appearance with Mike Wade on trumpet, drummer Melvin Broach and pianist William Menefield. Maturation was very rapid, finally leading the way to New York.

 

grant-levin-blackcat-cafeTopping it off, Grant Levin will close out with the last show Tuesday February 20th, bringing his own trio to the stage. Starting at 9:30pm a jam session with samba tunes…

THE GRANT LEVIN POWER SAMBA ENSEMBLE

Join us for a night of the bay area’s best musicians jamming!

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.

Levin has worked with numerous renowned musicians including: Noel Jewkes, Dayna Stephens, John Santos, Eric Wyatt, Jerry Dodgion, Howard Wiley, Stacy Dillard, and many other greats. He also had the honor of performing with late greats: Bishop Norman Williams, Pete Yellin, Terrance Tony, and Vince Wallace. He has performed at notable music venues such as: Joe Henderson Lab (SFJAZZ Center), Black Cat (SF), Bird and Beckett (SF), The Soundroom (Oakland), Mildred Owen Concert Hall (Pacifica).

See the full itinerary with upcoming shows here.

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:

ken_fowser_-_standing_tall_by_anna_yatskevich_press_photo_2__largeNYC POWERHOUSE KEN FOWSER QUINTET FT. JOSH BRUNEAU ON TRUMPET

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.

Grant Levin Pianist
Steven Restivo Event Services, Art Director: Arlene Owseichik, Illustrator: Reuben Rude

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.

Bird and Beckett San Francisco live pianoStarting in June, Grant Levin will lead a concert series every second, third and fourth Sundays of each month. 

These will take place in the evening from 7:30-9:30 pm, with a $10-15 cover at Bird & Beckett Books and Records653 Chenery Street in San Francisco’s Glen Park. 1-415-586-3733

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

Grant Levin Pianist San francisco with Ken Fowser at BlackCat Cafe March 2017Coming 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

Grant Levin Steve Heckman LegacyCD Release Party for multi-saxophonist Steve Heckman’s 5th CD as a leader (his 3rd on the Jazzed Media label), entitled: LEGACY: A COLTRANE TRIBUTE. We will be performing a program of Coltrane’s compositions as well as some standards he is associated with, both material from the CD, as well as other songs which may eventually wind up comprising a 2nd volume of Coltrane tunes.

Steve Heckman, tenor and soprano sax
Grant Levin, piano
Eric Markowitz, bass
Smith Dobson V, drums
Doors Open: 4:00 PM Starts: 4:30 PM Ends: 6:30 PM

Tickets are here: California Jazz Conservatory

Read one of the reviews.

Once again Grant Levin will be performing at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco.

dayna-stephens-grant-levin-sf-jazzThis time he will participate kicking off the Joe Hendeson Festival, together with Bay Area-raised jazz star Dayna Stephens who returns home to perform music from Joe Henderson’s provocative 1969 album Power to the People.

Previous shows when Grant have played at SFJazz have all been sold out. Make sure to get your ticket early – they are now released.

 

Edit: The monday night performances were a limited set of shows. In replacement typically every other Monday, Grant Levin will play with Ricky Aguillar Latin Jazz Group, at Revolution Cafe, at 5.30-8pm.

The next upcoming show with Belinda Blair takes place October 26 at Mr. Tipples Recording Studio, in San Francisco at 7-10pm.

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From now on you will be able to enjoy the piano tunes of Grant Levin as he is joining JellyRoll Jazz trio lead by singer Belinda Blair at Le Colonial SF, Monday evenings from 7-10pm.

belindablairBelinda Blair is a very accomplished singer with a unique vintage flair – read her biography at Bay Music & Entertainment. Continue reading