One of four protégés of swing great Johnny Guarnieri (of The Benny Goodman and The Artie Shaw Bands) and one of the top classic New York-style pianists in the U.S., David Levin has evolved into a cabaret concert pianist. Known for performing the show tunes and movie songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and others, Levin now specializes in the showcasing of entire movie scores from classic movies of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Along with his jazz styles, the compositions of many of the great classic movie composers–Max Steiner, Alfred Newman, David Raksin, Roy Webb and Eric Wolfgang Korngold–became Levin’s primary focus. He has also been heavily influenced by the jazz piano recordings of early Andre Previn, Errol Garner and of course, Art Tatum. His main influence, however, was Johnny Guarnieri, in particular Guarnieri’s classical approach to many songs and his use of 5/4 time.
The full-time pianist at The Rainbow Room in New York in 1991, The Mark Hopkins Hotel, the famous Blue Fox and the prestigious Pacific-Union Club on Nob Hill in San Francisco, David Levin has played for heads of state, congressmen and other Celebrities. He has appeared in the columns of the late Herb Caen and the late Pat Steger in the San Francisco Chronicle. as well as The Independent in Burlingame. He has performed at every major society event in San Francisco.
Levin was for many years accompanist to vocalist Regina Otto. They performed at the exclusive New York eatery Harry Cipriani on New Year’s Eve 1996 and many other noted venues. He also performed at the famed Knickerbocker Club in New York and Innis Arden Country Club in Old Greenwich, CT. After a year in New York, Levin and Otto returned to San Francisco where they performed at The Mark Hopkins and at the Opera Gala. Levin performs cabaret concerts (no vocals) in the S.F. Bay Area as well as background piano music at corporate events and private parties.
The photo shows Levin in October 2017 in concert at Vi at Palo Alto.
Levin’s “breakout” solo piano CD recorded on a Baldwin “D” piano will be available around May 15th. Those who want to purchase the CD will be able to do so at CD Baby and here using Paypal which is coming shortly to this site. You can also request one or more CDs using the Request A Quote form.