A protégé 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 the three most prolific classic movie composers–Max Steiner, Alfred Newman and Eric Wolfgang Korngold–became Levin’s primary focus. He has also been heavily influenced by the jazz piano recordings of Andre Previn, Errol Garner and of course, Art Tatum.
The full-time pianist at The Rainbow Room in New York (1991), The Mark Hopkins Hotel (1994), the famous Blue Fox and prestigious Pacific-Union Club on Nob Hill (1996) in San Francisco, 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 vocal-sensation Regina Otto. They performed at the very exclusive New York eatery Harry Cipriani on New Year’s Eve 1996 and many other noted venues. 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 currently at cabaret concerts, corporate events and private parties.
The mp3 tracks below were recorded in 2004 and feature Levin leading his small jazz band, The David Levin Swing Jazz Band with Regina Otto. They provide the listener with good examples of his classic jazz piano style.