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 hundreds of CD’s, won a Grammy and a Joseph Jefferson Award, and performed many times on American and European television.
Acknowledged to be the world’s most advanced diatonic harmonica player, Howard has revolutionized the playing of his instrument and taken it into totally new territory. He is also an accomplished composer and pianist, and plays many other instruments including flute, ocarina, mandolin, saxophone and percussion.
Throughout his career, Howard has performed and recorded with scores of famous artists including Paul Simon, Kenny Loggins, Donald Fagen/Steely Dan, Dolly Parton, Styx, Paquito D’Rivera, Kurt Elling, Ken Nordine, John Prine, Rabih Abou-Khalil and many others. He was a founding member of the trailblazing group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, with whom he won a Grammy in 1997 . Howard has made many appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, is music director of Chévere, Chicago’s hottest Latin-Jazz-Fusion Band , and tours and records with Trio Globo. He has given over 20 performances of his Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra.
Howard studied classical music at The Manhattan School of Music, pipe organ with Carl Lambert, and Jazz at Northwestern University. As a music educator, he has taught hundreds of students privately and guest lectured at Harvard, Berklee, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, and many others. Born in New York City, Howard Levy is a long-time resident of Evanston, IL.