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Tony Levin (drums) PDF Print
Tony Levin was born in Shropshire in the UK in 1940. He has been an ardent student of drums and jazz since the age of 13 and has been working with professional musicians since the age of 17. An artist of renown since the 1960s for his work with world class musicians, his tours throughout Britain and not least his masterful performance at "Ronnie Scott's" in London, Tony has played with such people as - to name but a few - Al Cohn, Zoot Zims, Steve Lacey, Hank Mobley, Toots Thiedemanns, Dave Holland, Harry "Sweet" Edison, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Red Rodney, Johnny Griffin, Annie Ross, John Hendricks, Gary Burton and Joe Henderson. Tony was a regular member of many famous British groups (records of all of which are available): from 1965 to 1969 of the quartet of the legendary saxophone player Tubby Hayes, which besides Tony included Mick Pyne (piano) and Ron Mathewson (bass), in 1969 of the Alan Skidmore Quintet and from 1973 until 1979 of the John Taylor Quartet and Kenny Wheeler Sextet, besides being a member of a quartet with Stan Sulzmann, Chris Pyne and Chris Laurence. He formed a duet with John Surman "“ which was recorded at the Moers New Jazz Festival for Moers Music in 1976. He became a member of the international group Third Eye with Ali Haurand, Wilton Gaynair and Alan Skidmore in 1979. He has also recorded with Rob van den Broeck ("Heavy Duty", Timeless Records, 1982) as well as with Keith Tippett's Septet (1984) - which also included Larry Stabbins, Elton Dean, Paul Rogers, Nic Evans and Mark Charig. He has performed with Andy Sheppard, Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall. Tony has been on many tours throughout Europe, with, for instance, the group Nucleus, and has appeared at numerous festivals. He has been a member of the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE since 1988. Furthermore, he is also with Keith Tippett, Paul Rogers and Paul Dunmall a member of the group "Mujician".