Archive for February 12th, 2021

Mike Levine – Just Chillin

Based in the Sunshine State, Jazz pianist Mike Levine has developed a reputation as a solid player, producer and composer on the Miami scene. With a career that stretches back to the early 80’s, the University of Miami alumnus made his record debut in 1981 as co-leader of The Ross-Levine Band, a project upon which Pat Metheny was a guest artist. The effort drew national attention and remained in the top ten of the AC-Jazz Chart for six weeks. The subsequent effort also faired well and paved the band’s way as an opening act for such highly regarded performers as Michael Franks, Gato Barbieri and Dionne Warwick. In the times since, Levine has enjoyed a variety of gigs and recordings with Mel Torme, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Ed Calle, Michael Bolton, Les DeMerle, David Sanborn, Roberto Perrera, Billy Ross, Greg Abate and John Secada to touring in Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Canada. His festivals appearances have been several, The Montreal, Detroit, Syracuse, Aruba, Amelia Island and Berks Jazz Festivals.

From The Heart (2008), Mikes debut CD, featured special guests Hiram Bullock and Ed Calle. His second CD Thinking Of You was released March 12, 2012. Along with South Florida finest, Mikes special guests were Will Lee, Ed Calle and Billy Ross. Mikes third CD Star Gazing, also a national release, features Andy Snitzer, Ed Calle, Will Lee, and Lindsey Blair along with South Florida’s finest.

Coming Feb 22 2021 is Mike’s fourth CD, Just Chillin. Special guests include: Steve Oliver, Andy Snitzer, Will Lee, Nestor Torres, Ed Calle, and Lindsey Blair.

This new album is already available here.