Howard Levy

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Celebrate CJE will feature the astonishing music of Double Grammy Award Winner Howard Levy, accompanied by a dynamic group of performers including members of Chévere de Chicago and Acoustic Express. Howard and his trailblazing interpretations of numerous musical genres will make the evening soar with excitement and one you won’t want to miss.

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Howard Levy, a double Grammy award winner, is a master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher and producer who calls Chicago his home. Yet, he intrigues audiences worldwide by performing a collage of musical genres including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Folk, Latin and other internationally-inspired combinations. As a recording artist, his compelling music is sought after by many well-known artists such as Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D’Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. Howard’s talent as a sideman has ignited hundreds of albums and movie soundtracks.

Best known for his work with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones in the early 1990s, Howard and the band won their first Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental for ‘Sinister Minister.’ The band reunited in 2010 and recorded “Rocket Science” featuring the song ‘Life in Eleven’ for which he and Bela Fleck won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.
Howard is also the music director and chief composer of Chévere de Chicago, a sizzling Latin Jazz group, for which he produced and released the “Secret Dream” album. With his swing group Acoustic Express, he produced the album “Time Capsules.” His solo jazz collection “Alone and Together” and his jazz trio album “Tonight and Tomorrow” both received 4-star reviews in DownBeat. He is also co-winner of the Jazz Times Readers Poll (2011) in the Miscellaneous Instrument category.

“The tour de force, however, came when Levy – also an accomplished pianist – sat down to the grand to accompany himself… Close your eyes and you could have sworn a very sensitive pianist was working with an uncommonly expressive harmonica player. In a way, that’s what happened, but both roles were rendered by the same person…” - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

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