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Based in the Sunshine State, Jazz pianist Mike Levine has developed a reputation as a solid player, producer and composer on the Miami scene. With a career that stretches back to the early 80’s, the University of Miami alumnus made his record debut in 1981 as co-leader of The Ross-Levine Band, a project with Pat Metheny was a guest artist. The effort drew national attention and remained in the top ten of the AC-Jazz Chart for six weeks. Their subsequent effort also faired well and paved the band’s way as an opening act for such highly regarded performers as Michael Franks, Gato Barberi and Dionne Warwick.
Levine has enjoyed a variety of gigs and recordings from Mel Torme, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Ed Calle, Michael Bolton, David Sanborn, Steve Oliver, Les DeMerle, Roberto Perrera, Billy Ross, Raul DiBlasio and John Secada to touring in Mexico, Austria, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Canada. His festival appearances include The Montreal, Detroit, Syracuse, Aruba, Amelia Island and Berks. For 17 years Mike also played in the house band for “Sabado Gigante," a top TV show seen around the world by millions, as well as “Don Francisco Presenta," a popular talkshow. As a composer, his compositions have landed in movies such as “Expendables” and “Admission” as well as TV shows both in the U.S. and internationally including Star Search, George Lopez, Four Weddings, Coronation Street, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
“From The Heart," Mike’s debut CD, featured special guests Hiram Bullock and Ed Calle. This 2008 release landed Mike on the SmoothJazz.com Indie Chart for over forty weeks. His second CD, “Thinking Of You," was released March 12, 2012. Along with South Florida’s finest, Mike’s special guests were Will Lee, Ed Calle and Billy Ross. With good airplay, the tune “Walkin Tall” landed on Billboards top 30 Jazz Tune for 5 weeks. Mike’s latest CD “Star Gazing” released late May 2017 features Will Lee, Andy Snitzer, Ed Calle along with South Florida’s finest and is already getting significant airplay nationally.
"No small potato in the industry, having toured and recorded with some of the finest names in the biz, as well as programmed for many, Levine’s is a very diverse and colorful resume. This eclectic album is proof positive as to why. Do yourself a big favor and grab a listen to this artful endeavor."
– Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride
“Mike Levine’s performance here affirms his status as one of the premier pianist in the Jazz world today. Providing Blue-Chip Charts in a variety of styles, the pianist succeeds in delivering a compelling gem of a recording that seems to come truly “From The Heart”
– Edward Blanco, www.ejazznews.com