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Howard Levy (b. July 31, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American harmonica player and pianist. In 1997, at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards he and the rest of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones won the award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, for their live recording of their 1991 song "The Sinister Minister." A renowned interpreter of the jazz harmonica, he has played with Ben Sidran and Rabih Abou-Khalil, among others. July 31 is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... “New York, NY” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz, sometimes dubbed blu-bop. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ... Ben Sidran, (1943- ) may be best-known for having written the Steve Miller hit song Space Cowboy. ... Rabih Abou-Khalil is a Lebanese oud player and composer. ...


He has appeared on over 200 albums[citation needed] and has played on several movie soundtracks. In 2001, he composed the first concerto written for the diatonic harmonica. He has performed it many times with orchestras in the United States and Europe. Diatonic harmonicas. ...


He is music director of the Latin/Jazz group Chévere de Chicago whose first album was Secret Dream. Currently he also leads the band "Acoustic Express", plays duo concerts with pianist Anthony Molinaro, and tours Europe with Michael Riessler and Jean-Louis Matinier. Howard has recorded or toured with Kenny Loggins, Bobby McFerrin, Sandip Burman, Dolly Parton and Paquito D'Rivera. Kenny Loggins (born Kenneth Clark Loggins on January 7, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter best known for a number of soft rock and adult contemporary hit singles beginning in the 1970s. ... Bobby McFerrin Robert Bobby McFerrin Jr. ... Sandip Burman is a tabla player from Durgapur in India. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated country singer, songwriter, composer, author, actress and philanthropist. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


He developed the overblow and overdraw techniques in the 1970s. These allow a harmonica player to obtain all the missing chromatic notes in the Richter-tuned diatonic harmonica. There are numerous techniques available for harmonica. ... In music, chromatic indicates the inclusion of notes not in the prevailing scale and is also used for those notes themselves (Shir-Cliff et al 1965, p. ...


He continues to make frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor's acclaimed radio program Prairie Home Companion. Garrison Keillor (born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942) is an American author, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality. ... A Prairie Home Companion is a live radio variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor. ...


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The Harp Reference: Joe Filisko On Howard Levy (1620 words)
Howard’s only “agenda” is to play the music that is welling up in his head on his instrument of choice: the diatonic harmonica.
Howard’s dilemma will always be that he “hears” more than blues and modal music in his head, and is determined to play it on an instrument that wasn't supposed to have all the notes.
Howard’s achievement is that he has been able to figure out how to play all the notes, and take melodic playing to previously unimagined levels, because he BELIEVED he could.
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