The cover of the August 1998 issue of The Mississippi Rag refers to Dan Levinson as the in-demand reedman. Indeed, during an active career that began in the 1980s, he has enjoyed working with such jazz luminaries as Dick Hyman, Mel Tormé and Wynton Marsalis. A specialist in the music of the 1920s and '30s, Dan functions as both a leader and sideman, often performing alongside such prominent musicians as Howard Alden, Joe Ascione, Dan Barrett, Jon-Erik Kellso, Randy Reinhart, Randy Sandke, and Mark Shane.
Originally from the Los Angeles area, Dan moved to New York in 1983. The following year he met veteran reedman James Rosy McHargue, then 82 years old, who became Dan's friend and mentor. Over the next fifteen years Rosy influenced and inspired Dan, teaching him most of what he now knows about music and life. During that period Dan also studied with world-class clarinet instructor Leon Russianoff and saxophone virtuoso Al Gallodoro.