Tony Levin's Biography
|One of the UK's top drummers, Tony Levin is equally adept in both wholly improvised and straightahead jazz, having played with a veritable who's who of world famous jazz musicians since joining the Tubby Hayes Quartet in 1965, with which he recorded the classic album Mexican Green two years later. In 1969 he joined the Alan Skidmore quintet and worked with the Humphrey Lyttleton band, and a year later drummed for pianist John Taylor in both his trio and his sextet. In the 1970s he toured Europe with lan Carr's Nucleus, was a member of the Stan Sulzmann quartet and Gordon Beck's Gyroscope, and joined John Surman for a duet recording of a Moers Festival concert (1975).|
1968 onwards Tony has worked at Ronnie Scotts London club with a host of
American and European jazz greats, such as Hank Mobley, Lee Konitz, Dave
Holland, Joe Henderson, Gary Burton, Zoot Sims, AI Cohn, Toots Thielemanns,
Harry "Sweets" Edison, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Clifford Jordan, Kenny
Wheeler, Tony Coe, Mick Pyne, Ron Mathewson, Ronnie Scott etc.
In 1979 Levin joined the European bands Third Eye, Trumpet Summit and The European Jazz Ensemble with whom he continues to perform worldwide to the present day. His long?standing musical relationship with saxophonist Paul Dunmall began in 1980 and they have continued to perform together in various musical formations, most famously in the band Mujician (with Keith Tippett and Paul Rogers). In 1983 he collaborated with Dutch pianist Rob Van Den Broeck in his trio which recorded for Timeless Records.
Between 1984 and 1991 Levin, together with bassist Chris Bolton, ran the hugely successful club Jazz Club Friday, presenting weekly concerts featuring top UK and American jazz stars who were invited to play with Chris and Tony, such as Peter King, Don Weller, Dick Morrisey, Jim Mullen, Stan Tracey, Tony Coe, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Red Rodney, Tal Farlow, Bobby Shew. New young jazz talent were also featured at the club such as Julian Arguelles, Simon Purcell, lain Ballamy and Mark Lockheart.
In the early 1990s Tony joined the Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine's trio and quartet with whom he toured for many years. In 1991 he became drummer in the Sophia Domancich Trio with bassist Paul Rogers. This trio worked extensively throughout the world until 2000. Tony is also a member of the Philip Aerts Trio and Quartet featuring American saxophonist John Roucco and trumpeter Bert Joris.
Tony Levin is in great demand on the jazz scene. Over sixty records and CDs document his work in the world of jazz.