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Howard discusses Balkan Samba:


Howard Levy is a musician without limits. His musical adventures include journeys into jazz, pop, rock, world music, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, theater, and film. He has appeared on hundred of cd’s, won a Grammy (1997), won a Joseph Jefferson Award (1986) for Best Original Music for a Play, and has performed many times on American and European television and radio.

Universally acknowledged as the world’s most advanced diatonic harmonica player, Howard has developed a fully chromatic style on the standard 10 – hole diatonic harmonica, revolutionizing harmonica playing and taking the instrument into totally new territory. He is also an accomplished pianist and composer, and plays many other instruments as well, including flute, ocarina, mandolin, saxophone, and percussion. website –


Fox Fehling was born in Iowa City, Iowa. She started playing violin at the age of 9, and by age 15 was soloing with The Cedar Rapids Symphony and The University of Iowa Symphony under James Dixon. Her teacher was Allen Ohmes. Fox moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship, where she studied with Rafael Bronstein and won the Mischa Elman Award. That led to a tour of Italy with Joseph Seiger, Elman’s accompanist.
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Chévere de Chicago

Chévere de Chicago is one of Chicago’s hottest bands. Featuring the finest caliber musicians, Chévere has been a stunning act for years. Balkan Samba has released the Chévere CD, Secret Dream. The music is top notch Latin jazz with amazing horns, guitar, percussion, piano, and harmonica.
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Norman Savitt is a unique acoustic guitarist with a versatility, texture and expression that is distinct and timeless. His debut CD, “Norman Savitt and Friends”, brings Norman together with master musicians Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen, David Amram and Susan Mitchell, in a mix of duo and solo pieces, a “compelling musical mix of happy and meditative tunes, played with enjoyment, imagination and care… full of beautiful sounds and good feelings” Read reviews of this artist