Nicholas Levinovsky( Pianist, composer, arranger, bendlider)
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Biography Nicholas Levinovsky
Born in Saratov. His professional experience in jazz began in the late 60's. After he graduated from Saratov State Conservatory, he worked as musical director and arranger in the most famous jazz orchestras in Moscow.
In 1978. Nick founded his own ensemble "Allegro", quickly won fame and all-Union for a decade who was one of the leading in terms of creative jazz bands of the former USSR. Efforts to make Levinovsky ensemble jazz in the form of art had been rewarded by the, . that the "Allegro" was named "Best jazz ensemble of the USSR", . and Nicholas himself four times was named "Musician of the Year" in annual surveys of Soviet jazz critics,
. In the Soviet musical encyclopedia of his name appears among those composers who work in the field of mergers Russian musical tradition and jazz.
. Ensemble "Allegro" n / Nikolai Levinovsky participated in international jazz festivals in Finland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, India, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Portugal, Sri Lanka and other countries
. The ensemble regularly sounded on Soviet radio and television.
. Soviet Nicholas Levinovsky discography includes eight vinyl LP, dispersed copies in the 40-50 thousand copies
. One CD - "Sphinx" - was published also in the U.S. by Mobile Fidelity.
. His current musical project constitutes orchestra from 17 musicians; Nikolay calls his "proof its creative energy and experience"
. Most repertoire orchestra - copyrights compositions Levinovsky where he connects his Russian musical roots and modern jazz language. Orkestr successfully acts in New York jazz clubs "Birdland", "Smalls", "Roberts", "Neo Lounge", and also in series of concerts outdoors on Manhattan-Park-Avenue. In composition orchestra, . among others, . operate such famous jazz musicians, . as alto-saxophonist Bob Parsons, . tenor saxophonist Sergey Gurbeloshvili and Andy Middleton, . trumpeters Alexander Sipyagin and Andy Gravish, . trombonist Noah Bless, . bassist, Boris Kozlov, . drummer Darrell Pellegrini.,
. Nicholas Levinovsky heads his own jazz label - NLO Records.
. New CD of his band - "Listen Up!" - Released on that label in the summer of 1999
. and in June was a very positive peer reviewed magazine, Jazz Times, who wrote: "This program of six original compositions and two standards clearly predicts a great future of the new orchestra. Collaborating with the orchestra singer Katie Jenkins (wife of Nicholas) was in the same review described as "a beautiful jazz singer with his own handwriting".