Howard Levy & Chris Siebold; Monday, January 27, 2014

Howard Levy & Chris Siebold
Monday, January 27
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“… a revelation.” – The London Observer

A virtuoso of the diatonic harmonica, Howard Levy, is also an excellent pianist who can also play saxophone, flute, and percussion. An original member of Bela Fleck’s Flecktones, he has radically changed the approach to the harmonica, broadening its musical range and winning Grammy awards for his recorded output. His duo partner, master guitarist Chris Siebold is fluent on a number of fretted string instruments, including mandolin, lap steel guitar, and banjo; and occasionally plays percussion. Together, they traverse an incredible range of sonic territory: blues, swing, bebop, flamenco, tango, European folk, and American song-stylings – from Gershwin to Dylan – often sounding like a full ensemble.

Howard Levy was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up playing music from an early age. A multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, saxophone, mandolin, ocarina, and percussion, Levy’s unique technique on the diatonic harmonica, allowing it to sound like a chromatic, has put him in the forefront of instrumental innovators. He was a member of the original Bela Fleck & The Flecktones line-up when the band started in the late ’80s. He struck out on his own to become a solo artist while being very much in-demand for session work. The variety of artists he has recorded with in collaboration, or as a sideman, is far-ranging, from Steely Dan’s Donald Fagan to country songstress Dolly Parton. In 2010, Levy returned to working with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and appears on their CD, Rocket Science, which won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for the song Life In Eleven.

Guitar master Chris Siebold, like music partner Levy, is a gifted multi-instrumentalist adept at performing on lap steel guitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, percussion, and dulcimer. Piano/vocal sensation Patricia Barber and singer Jenna Mammina are among the long list of talented musicians he has accompanied. A graduate of Elmhurst College music program, where he continues to teach jazz improvisation, Siebold is also very much in-demand as a studio musician performing in a variety of recording situations, from commercial jingles to original projects. His work with Howard Levy prompted this observation from the Chicago Tribune, “Levy and guitarist Chris Siebold… reminded listeners that remarkable technique and profound musicianship are not mutually exclusive.”

Howard Levy & Chris Siebold

DATE: Monday, January 27, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Dave Koppell
(773) 338-3888

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