3 New Recordings out now

From the Vaults, Vol. 2: The NBV Quintet (1980-1983) [feat. Dave Urban, Steve Eisen, Kelly Sill, & Paul Wertico]
by Howard Levy

Freewheeling original neo- bop Jazz. Intense, interactive, serious, and humorous. The best of the best of the 1980’s Chicago Jazz scene. Studio and Live recordings.


Howard Levy – piano
Dave Urban – trumpet and flugelhorn
Steve Eisen – tenor saxophone
Kelly Sill – bass (tracks 1-3)
Jeff Czech – bass (tracks 4 and 5)
Paul Wertico – drums


Art + Adrenaline

This is a CD of mostly original compositions by Howard and Chris, with the full range of styles that you would hear at their live shows – Jazz, Blues, Brazilian, Classical, World Music, and more.


Howard Levy- Piano, Diatonic Harmonica, dumbek
Chris Siebold- Steel Resonator Guitar, vocals



 In 1969, after playing piano for 10 years, he picked up the diatonic harmonica. Inspired by hearing great Chicago Blues harp players, he figured out the basics of bending notes to play Blues licks. He soon realized that the instrument had notes missing and discovered how to get those missing notes using a technique which he called “Overblowing”. This exciting breakthrough enabled him (and later, others) to play all kinds of music on the diatonic harmonica.

The band on this album – “Howard Levy’s Harmonica Jazz Quartet”, played and toured together for several years.

Howard Levy – Hohner Golden Melody diatonic harmonicas, Piano on “Donna Lee”, Fender Rhodes on “The Beauty Around Us”, jew’s harp and percussion on “Epistrophy”.
Bob Gustafson – Piano
Eric Hochberg – Bass
Paul Wertico – Drums