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Ike Levin

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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: June 26, 1950    

Ike Levin has been playing reed instruments professionally for over 28 years. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ike was an active performer in the windy city’s vibrant jazz, blues, and new music scene before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area. He studied music composition at the Roosevelt University Conservatory of Music and in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While a student, Ike performed as a regular member of the University of Illinois Jazz Orchestra and played with the Jazz Members Big Band comprised of many of the Chicago area’s top jazz musicians who used the Band as a forum for original arrangements and experimental compositions. Ike studied privately with legendary jazz saxophone master Joe Daley who helped him develop his technique and establish his neo-bop foundations....
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“He blows with conviction, exuding passionate lines that overflow with dynamic tension.” Cadence Magazine

“A firm uncompromising tenor voice...” Village Voice

“A new saxophone voice…free form phrases erupt only to be calmed by gentle currents of melodiousness.” Jazz Review

“A robust tone complete with soulful phrases and shrewd utilization of space.” All About Jazz

“Levin’s improvisational talents impress with their raw emotionality.” One Final Note

“An exceptional unheralded saxophonist with fresh ideas and powerful emotionality.” Jazz Times ” Soulsearching altissimo terrorisms and careening bass clarinet.” Signal To Noise

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