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The Harlem Experiment: A Harlem State Of Mind

Harlem Experiment producer Aaron Levinson

There’s something about cities that have distinct musical traditions within them,” says Aaron Levinson, producer of The Harlem Experiment. “It’s not an accident.”

With both his Spanish Harlem Orchestra and as producer of Ropeadope’s The Philadelphia Experiment (2001) and The Detroit Experiment (2003), Levinson has spent almost a decade exploring these distinct traditions, bringing together musicians and artists with geographic connections who might have otherwise never gotten the chance, or even the thought, to collaborate. Levinson’s jazz fantasy league has already teamed drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson of the Roots with fellow Illadelphian Christian McBride and Regina Carter with Bennie Maupin.

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