Multiple Grammy- Award Winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, producer, and Chicago area resident. His musical travels have taken him all over the geographical world and the musical map. Equally at home in Jazz, Classical music, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays. This has made him a favorite with audiences worldwide, and a recording artist sought after by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D'Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. As a sideman, Howard has appeared on hundreds of CDs and played on many movie soundtracks.
He is perhaps best known for the four CD's he recorded with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, a unique band that set the musical world on its ear back in the early 1990's. read more... shankhall.com
The Howard Levy 4, his newest group, features 3 of Chicago’s finest musicians who are also Howard’s long-time musical friends.
Chris Siebold, house guitarist for 3 years on A Prairie Home Companion, has played with many notable musicians, and brings intensity, soul and his incredible technique to any style of music.
Larry Kohut, remarkably versatile bassist (who also played for A Prairie Home Companion) has worked with a long list of the world’s top Jazz artists in the US and Europe.
Luiz Ewerling, great drummer/composer, is one of the top Brazilian drummers living in the US. He contributes rhythmic depth and passion to whatever music he plays.
The band performs original compositions by Howard, Chris and Luiz. The repertoire features music from Howard and Chris’ new CD “Art + Adrenaline”, and music from Luiz’s album “Our Earth”. The styles range from Jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and World Music, to Blues and more.
Howard plays equal amounts of harmonica and piano (sometimes together), and the band creates a volatile mix of styles with hot, soulful playing and deep grooves.
So...expect the unexpected.