Performance Showcase 2015 presented a special “early evening” of song and storytelling for New Year’s Eve, featuring renowned singer Faith Winthrop. Faith’s storied career includes sharing the stage with Vince Guaraldi, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, the Basie Band and Mel Torme.
Special guests at this event was vocalist Jesse Foster, story teller Ron Jones and grand pianist Grant Levin.
A summary like this afterwards, is a joy to receive. Thank you.
“Happy New Year and a huge thank you to last night’s jazz and storytelling performers! Faith Winthrop is a legend — she is loved. Jesse Foster’s voice is like a graceful dancer. Ron Jones gave one of his best performances ever. And people could not stop talking about Grant Levin Pianist. Performance Showcase is grateful for these artists and everyone who turned out to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Many thanks and creative blessings to you in 2016. Photo by Kate Aragon.”
Grant Levins CD with original compositions, released just a year ago is available on the free music streaming platform Spotify.
“Inter Umtrumque” is an all original composition compilation in a contemporary piano trio setting, from between the years of 2001 and 2008. Inter Umtrumque, which is latin, means “between two extremes”. Continue reading →
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.
San Francisco’s top jazz pianist Grant Levin releases unique CD which showcases the breadth of his compositions.
PRLog – Feb. 12, 2015 – SAN FRANCISCO — Grant Levin, releases a new CD “Inter Umtrumque” (Beezwax Records), an all original composition compilation in a contemporary piano trio setting, from between the years of 2001 and 2008. Inter Umtrumque, which is latin, means “between two extremes”. The title is reflective of the range and scope of the music performed by the composer Grant Levin (piano) and his sidemen Chris Amberger (bass), Rufus Haereiti (drums), Greg D’Augelli (soprano sax). […]
SFJAZZ Hotplate is a monthly concert series at the Joe Henderson Lab featuring Bay Area’s most gifted musicians re-imagining a famous recording of a jazz legend. The 2nd Thursday of every month, Hotplate aims to show another side of SFJAZZ, an informal setting where you can drop in for a drink and hear some of the best jazz the local scene has to offer.
Erik Jakabson Quartet appears with percussionist John Santos at Berkeley’s Hillside Club on October 21, 2011. Erik Jekabson – trumpet, Grant Levin – piano, John Wiitala – bass, Smith Dobson – drums, John Santos – percussion. Video below was captured by Manatease.
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.