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Daniel Levin


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Daniel Levin is “one of the outstanding cellists working in the vanguard arena” (All About Jazz New York). Born in Burlington, Vermont, he began playing the cello at the age of six. During middle school, he played alto and tenor saxophone also in jazz and concert bands. When he was 15 he began studies at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachussetts. After graduating, Daniel attended the Mannes College of Music in New York to study with former Piatigorsky student Paul Tobias.

After one year at Mannes, Daniel moved back to the Boston area and, over the next several years, attended the New England Conservatory of Music, interspersed with periods of travelling around the country and abroad. In 2001, Daniel graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies, having worked closely with Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Hankus Netksy, John McNeil, and others.

Since then, Daniel has developed his own unique voice as a cellist, improviser, and composer, as Ed Hazell noted in the Boston Phoenix upon release of his first record as a leader, "Don't Go It Alone" (Daniel Levin Quartet, Riti 009): “Cellist Daniel Levin is a major new voice on his instrument and in improvised music” (The Boston Phoenix). Levin has gone on to produce five more Daniel Levin Quartet cds, one trio cd, and his first solo CD, "Inner Landscape", due out Spring 2011 on Clean Feed.

His music has been received to wide critical acclaim, both in the USA and abroad. Franck Bergerot notes in Jazz Magazine: "Daniel Levin est aujourd'hui une figure majeure du violoncello". The Penguin Guide to Jazz states that Levin is "very much the man to watch".

In addition to the eight records he has made as a leader, Daniel has recorded as a collaborator or sideman for Clean Feed, EMANEM, Meta Records, Not Two, and RogueART. He has worked with Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Rob Brown, Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Tony Malaby, Joe Morris, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Warren Smith, Ken Vandermark, and many others.

Daniel is the recipient of a 2010 Jerome Foundation award.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Daniel Levin Quartet Friday, May 27, 2016, 10:00p
Joe McPhee | Daniel Levin | Chris Corsano Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:00p
Daniel Levin Quartet Friday, December 14, 2012, 10:00p
Daniel Levin Quartet Friday, April 15, 2011, 10:00p
Daniel Levin Trio Friday, December 18, 2009, 10:00p
Daniel Levin Trio Friday, December 7, 2007, 10:00p
Rob Brown Trio Friday, November 2, 2007, 10:00p
Daniel Levin Quartet Saturday, June 3, 2006, 10:00p
Joe Morris Septet Saturday, October 1, 2005, 10:00p
Rob Brown Trio Friday, June 24, 2005, 8:00p

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