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Dan Levinson Palomar Quartet

In 1935 Benny Goodman began performing and recording with a trio consisting of Teddy Wilson on piano and Gene Krupa on drums. The following year he added Lionel Hampton on vibes, creating a spectacular new sound that paved the way for two major breakthroughs in American music: the birth of small group swing and the integration of African American musicians into white bands.

Today the music of the Benny Goodman Quartet is as fresh and exciting as it was over 80 years ago. Each member of Dan Levinson’s Palomar Quartet has been inspired by his parallel counterpart in Goodman’s group, resulting in a magical chemistry replete with creativity and excitement. The fluid tone of Levinson’s soaring clarinet, the brilliant, Wilsonesque flourishes of pianist Mark Shane, the dazzling mallet work of vibraphone virtuoso Matt Hoffmann, and the hard-driving intensity of drummer Kevin Dorn blend with the classy, elegant vocal stylings of Molly Ryan in a musical skillet that simmers and sizzles with every beat.

The 2017 winner of Hot House Magazine’s “NYC Jazz Fans Decision” award for Best Clarinetist, Dan Levinson is equally at home as both leader and sideman, fronting his own groups as well as performing with those led by others. His roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York City since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him across the continent and around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen’s band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and 18 European countries. From 1990 to 2009 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, the country’s preeminent 1920s-’30s hot jazz orchestra, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. Dan’s successful Benny Goodman tributes have been presented both in the U.S. with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band and in Europe with the Berlin-based Swing Dance Orchestra. Dan has recorded over 150 CDs, including nine under his own name. He can be heard on the soundtracks of the films “The Cat’s Meow”, “Ghost World”, “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond”, and Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator”, as well as on all five seasons of the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series “Boardwalk Empire” and seasons 1 and 2 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.

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