Josh Levinson is a New Yorker (Brooklyn first) through and through. His music is a reflection of the myriad cultures and people he comes across on a daily basis, riding the trains to his job teaching music in the Bronx or playing at night at a jam session or with various groups that he has played with over the years. He got his start playing with local meringue and salsa bands and developed his jazz licks at the famous University of the Streets in the East Village, jamming through the night with 'C' Sharpe and Tommy Turrentine and many others. He studied with bassist Ron Carter at City College in the mid-1980s, where he got the chance to solo with guest artists Gil Evans and Freddie Hubbard. In the late 80s and early 90s, Levinson's led jazz groups at small New York clubs. Including The Angry Squire, A Hundred Eighty Degrees, and Pat's. Musicians who have played his tunes include Jorge Sylvester, Mike Holober, Uri Caine, Rob Bargad, Alex McCabe, Shingo Okudeira, Atushi Ikeda, Melissa Slocum, Yoichi Kobayashi, Yosuke Inoue, and Mike Fahie. His current band is made up of working jazz musicians, including Mike Eckroth (piano), Peter Brendler (bass), Noah Bless (trombone), Kenny Shanker (tenor sax) and Brian Fishler (drums). Josh hopes you find this music interesting and entertaining--'my goal is to make people tap their feet, dance in their seats, or sing along with the tunes.'
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