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Howard Levy

Primary Instrument: Harmonica

Howard Levy

Howard Levy is a musician without limits. His musical adventures include journeys into jazz, pop, rock, world music, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, theater, and film. He has appeared on hundred of cd’s, won a Grammy (1997), won a Joseph Jefferson Award (1986) for Best Original Music for a Play, and has performed many times on American and European television and radio.

Universally acknowledged as the world’s most advanced diatonic harmonica player, Howard developed a fully chromatic style on the standard 10 - hole diatonic harmonica, revolutionizing harmonica playing and taking the instrument into totally new territory. He is also an accomplished pianist and composer, and plays many other instruments as well, including flute, ocarina, mandolin, saxophone, and percussion....
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Awards:

Grammy Award, 1997.
”...Playing an extended solo that somehow merged quasi- baroque techniques with swing rhythms, snippets of hokey holiday tunes with passages of brilliant jazz improvisation, Levy unleashed more ideas in this opening solo than many musicians do in an entire set.” --Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune, Dec. 1996

“...Howard Levy is a revelation; there are times when it is hard to believe he is playing only a harmonica, for he has the expressive range and depth of a saxophonist.” --Geoff Dyer, The London Observer, March 1994

“...may be the most radical single technical innovator in the history of his instrument...” --Kim Field, Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers, Simon & Schuster 1993


Howard Levy | Tonight and Tomorrow
Chicago Sessions
2009

Howard Levy | Alone and Together
Balkan Samba
2009

Riessler/Levy/Matinier | Silver and Black
Enja
2009

Norman Savitt & Friends | Norman Savitt & Friends
Balkan Samba
2009

Andy Tecson | In The Spirit
Church Jazz Records
2009

Darwin Noguera’s Evolution Quintet | The Gardener
Chicago Sessions
2009

Steve Vining | Telling Visions
2009

Victor Wooten | Palmystery
Heads Up HUCD 3135
2008

Joannie Pallato | It's Not Easy
Southport
2008

Theodore Bikel/Alberto Mizrahi | Our Song
Opus Magica
2008

Ernie Hendrickson | Down The Road
Erniehendrickson.com
2007

David Herzhaff | Jazzin' Around
Hland
2007

Matt Geraghty | Passport
MGP Music
2007

Kurt Elling | Nightmoves
ConcordJazz
2007

Darren Keith | Waiting For The Black Drop
2007

Flavio Guimaraes and Prado Blues Band | Flavio Guimaraes and Prado Blues Band
Chico Blues Records
2007

The Mauds | Souldier On
Maudtunes
2007

Various Artists | Acoustic Chicago
Stonecutter Records
2007

Joannie Pallato | It's Not Easy
Southport
2007

Euphoria | Precious Time
Zoe Records
2006

Bruce Gaitsch | Sincerely
Autumn Records
2006

Alan Jackson | Like Red on a Rose
BMG
2006

Howard Levy and Paul Sprawl | Howard Levy and Paul Sprawl
Balkan Samba/Vagabond
2006

Krakatau | Two Worlds
Warta Jazz
2006

Paul Asbell | Roots and Branches
Busy Hands
2005

Donald Fagen | Morph The Cat
Sony
2005

Howard Levy & Fox Fehling | Cappuccino
Balkan Samba
2005

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer | Scat Like That
Rounder
2005

Bonnie Koloc | Here to Sing
2005

Chevere de Chicago | Secret Dream
Balkan Samba
2005

Frank Macchia | Mo' Animals
Cacophony
2005

The Shims | It's Condos Now
2005

Glen Velez | Rhythms of Awakening
SoundsTrue
2005

Victor Wooten | Soul Circus
Vanguard
2005

Bonnie Koloc | Timeless
2004

Taylor Mesplé | Autumn
InnerCircleProductions
2004

Rick Peregoy | Imagine
2004

Paul Reisler | At Night The Roses Tango
Trapezoid Productions
2004

Siora | Vis A Vis
SioraJazz
2004

Paul Sprawl | Wreckage
Vagabond
2004

Bonnie Koloc | A Bestiary, Animals of the Farm
2003

Glen Velez and Lori Cotler | Elephant Hotel
Daftof Records
2003

Anthony Molinaro / Howard Levy | Live
nineteeneight records
2003

James Conway | Mouth Box
Mouth Box
2002

Luis Ewerling & A Cor do Brasil | Our Earth
OE 7538
2002

JoBelle | Sessions with Friends
2002

Frank Kvinge | Gaucho Batuta
2002

Dayna Malow | Look for the Silver Lining
Jabberwocky
2002

Marshall Vente | Step Up To The Mic
Middle Coast
2002

Lorraine Duisit and Tom Espinola | Songs for Little Country People
CLR
2001

Willy Schwarz | Home
Clearspot
2001

Marshall Vente | Marshall Law
Middle Coast
2001

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer | Pillow Full of Wishes
Rounder
2000

Tina Lear | Red Hat
Flying Fish
2000

Lynette | Anywhere But Here
Lynette Music
2000

Stefan Bauer/Larry Roy | Summer's Embrace
Joint Adventure
1999

Holly Cole | Temptation [Japan]
Blue Note
1999

Béla Fleck &The Flecktones | Greatest Hits of the 20th Century
Warner Bros.
1999

Freyda & Acoustic Atta Tude | Midnight at Cabell Hall
Red House
1999

Bonnie Koloc | Visual Voice
NAIM
1999

Syd Lieberman | The Dead Sea Scrolls
1999

Howard Levy, Jerry Goodman, Steve Smith, Oteil Burbri | Stranger's Hand
Tone Center
1999

Dean Peer | It's All Good
Turtle Records
1999

Rosanna and Zelia | Coisario
Peregrina
1999

Willy Schwarz | Live for the Moment
Clearspot
1999

Corky Siegel | Solo Flight 1975-1980
Gadfly
1999

Original Soundtrack | Vietnam: Long Time Coming
Sony
1999

Various Artists | Peregrina World
Peregrina Music
1999

Various Artists | Visions of Music: World Jazz
Tiptoe
1999

Terry Callier | Timepeace
Polygram
1998

Holly Cole | Collection
Blue Note
1998

Jamie Janover | Realms
JJD
1998

Lisa Lauren | What Comes Around
Planet Jazz Records
1998

Vicki McCrone | Blessed with a Curse
Stella
1998

Lois Walden | Traveller
Discovery
1998

Various Artists | Go Bullistic
IMI
1998

Rabih Abou Khalil | Odd Times
Enja
1997

John Darnall | Brazilian Dreams
Unison V80472
1997

Eugene Friesen | The Song of Rivers
NETM Records
1997

Bruce Gaitsch | Aphasia
Thoughtscape Records
1997

Cory Jamison | Here's to Hoagy
LML
1997

Jeff Klepper | In This Place
Empty Chair Records
1997

Larry Long | Run for Freedom, Sweet Thunder
Flying Fish
1997

Nelson Rangell | Turning Night into Day
GRP
1997

Hal Willner | Closed on Account of Rabies: Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
Capitol
1997

Various Artists | Celebration of Blues: Great Slide Guitar
Celebration Of Blues
1997

Various Artists | Light Jazz Christmas Eve
Unison
1997

Various Artists | Visions of Christmas: An Instrumental Holiday Collection
Rhino
1997

April Aloisio | Footprints
Southport
1996

Ralph Covert | Popscape: The Best of Ralph Covert
Waterdog
1996

Randy Crafton | Duologue
Lyrichord Records
1996

Carmen Cuesta | One Kiss
Bean Bag
1996

Pat Donohue | Back Roads
Bluesky
1996

Jadranka | Baby Universe
Omagatoki
1996

Howard Levy, Mark Nauseef, Miroslav Tadic | The Old Country
M.A
1996

Pete Seeger | Pete
Living Music
1996

June Shellene | The Lost Art of Love
Waterhole Records
1996

Ben Sidran | Mr. P's Shuffle
Go Jazz Records
1996

Sones de Mexico Ensemble | Que Florenzca!
Sones de Mexico, Inc.
1996

John Tesh Project | Discovery
GTP
1996

Darryl Tookes | Travels of an Ordinary Man
Dondido Records
1996

Original Soundtrack | Time to Kill
Atlantic
1996

Original Soundtrack | Family Thing
Edeltone
1996

Various Artists | Singing Singles
Bean Bag
1996

Various Artists | Festival of Light
Polygram
1996

Jenny Armstrong | Dancing in the Circle
JA Records
1995

Holly Cole | Temptation
Blue Note
1995

Freyda Epstein | Globalullabies
Warner Bros.
1995

Paul Glasse | One More Night
dos
1995

The Freddy Jones Band | North Ave. Wake Up Call
Capricorn Records
1995

Kiltartin Road | Joy to the Morning
Classic Digital
1995

Kiltartin Road | In the Deep Heart's Core
Classic Digital
1995

King of Hearts | My Desire
Pioneer LDC, Inc.
1995

Abra Moore | Sing
Bohemia Beat
1995

Lee Murdock | Freshwater Highway
Depot Records
1995

Ricky Peterson | Tear Can Tell
Ridgetop/Bean Bag
1995

Trapezoid | Long Time Down This Road
Azure
1995

Trio Globo | Carnival of Souls
Silver Wave
1995

Wunderlich | Herz Reise
Pig and Pepper Records
1995

Various Artists | Rounder Christmas Album: Must Be Santa!
Rounder
1995

Various Artists | Winter Celebration
Silver Wave
1995

Various Artists | Silverwolf Homeless Project
Silverwolf
1995

Rabih Abou Khalil | Sultan's Picnic
Enja
1994

April Aloisio | Brazilian Heart
Southport
1994

The Chenille Sisters | True to Life
Red House
1994

Larry Howard | Brighter Side of The Blues
Forefront
1994

Peter Kater | Pursuit of Happiness
Silver Wave
1994

Kenny Loggins | Return to Pooh Corner
Sony
1994

Joanie Pallatto | Who Wrote This Song?
Southport
1994

Michael Reissler | Momentum Mobile
Enja
1994

Henry Shapiro | Whatever Swings
Big Shot Records
1994

The Subdudes | Annunciation
Windham Hill
1994

Alan Taylor | Forever Dance
A&M
1994

Darryl Tookes | Rendezvous
Capitol
1994

Trapezoid | Remembered Ways
Azure
1994

Trio Globo | Trio Globo
Silver Wave
1994

Various Artists | Best of Mountain Stage Live, Vol. 7
Blue Plate
1994

Holly Cole | Don't Smoke in Bed
Blue Note
1993

Ralph Covert | Eat at Godot's
Waterdog
1993

Douglas Day | Jackson's Kite
Kitemusic
1993

Paul Glasse | Road to Home
Antone's
1993

Kenny Loggins | Outside: From the Redwoods
Sony
1993

Lee Murdock | Safe in The Harbor
Depot Records
1993

Ken Nordine | Upper Limbo
Grateful Dead
1993

John Prine | Great Days: John Prine Anthology
Rhino
1993

Ben Sidran | Life's a Lesson
Go Jazz Records
1993

Spyro Gyra | Dreams Beyond Control
GRP
1993

Happy and Artie Traum | The Test of Time
Roaring Stream Records
1993

Glen Velez | Border States
Interworld
1993

Jon Weber | Jazz Wagon
IMI Records
1993

Paul Wertico | Yin and the Yout
Intuition Records
1993

Brendan Croker | Great Indoors
Jive
1992

Béla Fleck &The Flecktones | UFO Tofu
Warner Bros.
1992

Anne Hills w/ Shinobu Sato | On This Day Earth Shall Ring:...
Flying Fish
1992

Ken Nordine | Devout Catalyst
Grateful Dead
1992

Hal Willner | Weird Nightmare (Music of Charles Mingus)
Capitol
1992

Joe Wolfe/Burt Wolf | Dream a Little Dream
Transitions Music
1992

Various Artists | Rainbow Sign
Rounder
1992

Various Artists | Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus
Columbia
1992

Various Artists | Cmpler 2
CMP
1992

Various Artists | Horizons: Cross Cultural Jazz Sampler
Music of the World
1992

Dick Boyell | Mood Goddess
Nuance
1991

Béla Fleck &The Flecktones | Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
Warner Bros.
1991

Béla Fleck &The Flecktones | Live Art
Warner Bros.
1991

Paul Glasse | Paul Glasse
Amazing
1991

Original Soundtrack | Straight Talk
Hollywood
1991

David Bromberg | Sideman Serenade
Rounder
1990

Béla Fleck &The Flecktones | Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Warner Bros.
1990

Ken Nordine | Triple Talk
Snail
1990

Styx | Turn of the Century
A&M
1990

Si Kahn | I'll Be There: Songs for Jobs with Justice
Flying Fish
1989

John McCutcheon | Water from Another Time
Rounder
1989

Maura O'Connell | Helpless Heart
Warner Brothers
1989

Sally Rogers | Generations
Flying Fish
1989

Glen Velez | Assyrian Rose
CMP
1989

Various Artists | Tribute to Steve Goodman
Mobil Fidelity
1989

Dennis DeYoung | Boomchild
A&M
1988

John McCutcheon | Mail Myself To You
Rounder
1988

Ken Nordine | Grandson Of Word Jazz
Snail
1988

Fred Small | I Will Stand Fast
Flying Fish
1988

Steve Goodman | Unfinished Business
Red Pajamas
1987

Bonnie Koloc | With You on My Side
Flying Fish
1987

John McCutcheon | Gonna Rise Again
Rounder
1987

Jim Post | Jim Post & Friends
Flying Fish
1987

Dennis DeYoung | Back to the World
A&M
1986

Paquito D'Rivera | Explosion
CBS
1986

Howard Levy | Harmonica Jazz
Tall Thin
1986

Tom Paxton | And Loving You
Rounder
1986

Tom Paxton | Love Songs
Rounder
1986

Larry Karush | Piano Crossroads
Music Of The World
1985

John McCutcheon | Howjadoo
Rounder
1985

Tom Paxton | One Million Lawyers & Other Disasters
Flying Fish
1985

Claudia Schmidt | Out of the Dark
Flying Fish
1985

The Balkan Rhythm Band | The Jazziest Balkan Dance Band Around
Flying Fish
1984

Andrew Calhoun | The Gates Of Love
Flying Fish
1984

Bob Gibson | Uptown Saturday Night
Hogeye
1984

Si Kahn | Unfinished Portraits
Flying Fish
1984

Chuck Mangione | Save Tonight for Me
A&M
1984

John McCutcheon | Winter Solstice
Rounder
1984

Lorraine Duisit | Hawks & Herons
Flying Fish
1983

Tom Paxton | Bulletin
Hogeye
1983

Claudia Schmidt | New Goodbyes, Old Hellos
Flying Fish
1983

Trapezoid | Cool of the Day
Sugar Hill
1983

Paul Berliner And Kudu | Home, Home on the Road
Flying Fish
1982

Si Kahn | Doing My Job
Flying Fish
1982

Claudia Schmidt | Midwestern Heart
Flying Fish
1981

Ellen Mcilwaine | Everybody Needs It
Blind Pig
1980

Paul Berliner And Kudu | The Sun Rises Late Here
Flying Fish
1979

Si Kahn | Home
Flying Fish
1979

John Prine | Pink Cadillac
Oh Boy
1979

Don Lange | Natural Born Heathen
1979

John Prine | Bruised Orange
Oh Boy
1978

Martin, Bogan And Armstrong | That Old Gang Of Mine
Flying Fish
1978

Bryan Bowers | The View from Home
Flying Fish
1977

Jerry Butler | It All Comes Out In My Song
Motown
1977

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