Levitt studied composition at the University of Washington, where he took his BA in 1951. He was in the orchestra at Radio City Music Hall from 1957 to 1963, and played with Dizzy Gillespie (1956–57), Ernie Wilkins (1957), Kai Winding (1958), and Sy Oliver (1959-60), and also worked with Gil Evans in 1959 when his orchestra accompanied Miles Davis. In 1960 he played with Gerry Mulligan and Mundell Lowe, with Quincy Jones in 1961, and with Oliver Nelson in 1962. He recorded as a leader of an octet in 1963-66 for five albums, and continued to work with this combination into the 1970s. That decade he played with Chuck Israels. Later in his career he worked with Cedar Walton and Blue Mitchell, and wrote music for commercials with a company he ran from 1966-1989. In the late 1970s he taught at Fairleigh Dickinson, Hofstra University, CUNY, and Hunter College.
- The Dynamic Sound Patterns (Riverside Records, 1963)
- The Rod Levitt Orchestra (1964)
- Insight (RCA Records, 1964)
- Solid Ground (RCA, 1965)
- 42nd Street (RCA, 1966)
With Dizzy Gillespie
With Mundell Lowe
- Themes from Mr. Lucky, the Untouchables and Other TV Action Jazz (RCA Camden, 1960)
- Obituary retrieved 14th Sept 2010
- "Rod Levitt", Grove Jazz online.