Elliot Levine

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Elliot Levine
Background information
Birth nameElliot Brett Levine
Born (1963-09-28) September 28, 1963 (age 57)
Washington, D.C., United States
Smooth Jazz
Jazz pop
Electric Piano
Years active1984–present
LabelsArtifex records
Associated actsHeatwave
Wilson Pickett

Elliot Brett Levine (born September 28, 1963, Washington, D.C., United States)[1] is an American pianist and keyboardist.[2] He had two record releases on the Nashville-based Artifex records label between 1999 and 2004. His CD projects have been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.[1] In March 2012 he was the first person to use an iPad Keytar, an iPad with a guitar strap, in a live performance posted to YouTube.[3]

Levine has toured with Wilson Pickett[4] and Heatwave[5] (Always & Forever/Boogie Nights). He has opened for Brian McKnight, Freddie Jackson, McCoy Tyner,[2] and Gerald Albright.[6] He has had the #1 song on mp3.com, receiving over 1,000,000 downloads,[7] which was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal[2] and CNN.[7]

Levine has four internationally released CDs. He has headlined at Blues Alley[8] and the Kennedy Center. His playing has been described by Jazz Times as "showing plenty of talent, though also criticized as having "feather-weight play against heavy-leaden R&B backdrops".[9] In 2003, he scored the music to an Emmy nominated documentary, "Teens in Between".[10] His music was also used on "Inside the NBA" on TBS (TV Channel) (2001),[7] as well as an independent college movie, "Friends With Benefits" (2003). He is also featured on the worldwide Karvavena release "The Abduction of the Art of Noise".[11] He currently tours in the United States as a member of Heatwave.[12]


As leader[edit]

  • 347 Live! (2013) Tilley
  • Live +7 (2007) Tilley
  • The Funk, The Whole Funk, and Nothin' But the Funk (2004) Tilley
  • Live Bootleg (2001) MP3.COM
  • Live at Bayou Blues (2001) MP3.COM
  • Smash, with Ron Holloway (2000) Tilley
  • Urban Grooves (1997) Artifex Records
  • Urban Grooves EP (1997) Artifex Records
  • With Light Images (1993) Artifex Records

As sideman[edit]

  • Keith Mason I Surrender All (2020) Independent
  • Christian "Big New York" de Mesones They Call me Big New York (2020) Independent
  • Christian "Big New York" de Mesones Latin Jive Redux (2017) Independent
  • Christian "Big New York" de Mesones Good Old Days (2016) Independent
  • Kenny Wright Experience Herbie Miles and Me (2010) Knee Deep Records
  • Tony Whitfield Pleasure Sensitive 2 (2004) OASA Records
  • Tony Whitfield New York Hustle, with Onaje Allan Gumbs, Hiram Bullock, and Jerry Hey (2003) OASA Records
  • Eddie Anderson Good Friends (2003) Independent
  • Eddie Anderson Christmas Album (2002) Independent
  • Tony Whitfield Pleasure Sensitive 2 (2000) OASA Records
  • Ski Johnson Ski Supreme (2000) Wide-A-Wake Records
  • Pete Marinovich Second Voice (1999)
  • Eddie Anderson Thick Funk (1999) Independent
  • Moose and the Bulletproof Blues Band Movin On' (1996) Blues Cancer Records
  • Ski Johnson in Your Eyes (1994) Wide-A-Wake Records
  • Ski Johnson Tell Me Something Good EP (1994) Wide-A-Wake Records
  • Ivan Smart Red Nights (1992) Smart-eye Productions


  • The Abduction of the Art of Noise (2004) Karvavena Records
  • Walking on Pennsylvania Avenue (2001) Open Source Music [1]
  • MP3.COM 103 of the best songs you've never heard, vol. 4 (2000) MP3.COM
  • The Best of Artifex Records (1997) Artifex Records
  • Artifex Records American Express Jazz Sampler (1994) Artifex Records


  1. ^ a b "Levine, Elliot (Brett) – Jazz.com | Jazz Music – Jazz Artists – Jazz News". Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Musician Elliot Levine (Keyboard) @ All About Jazz
  3. ^ Elliot Levine Ipad 3 synth Keytar keyboard solo, Can't Hide Love, 3/30/12 City View Baltimore MD – YouTube
  4. ^ Jazz Review Magazine
  5. ^ Smooth Jazz Germany magazine article on Elliot Levine
  6. ^ "Montgomery County Maryland Website". Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c CNN.com – Your stories: How the Net changed us – Nov 15, 2005
  8. ^ Elliot Levine – Blue in Green, Blues Alley, 1993 – YouTube
  9. ^ Jazz Albums: Urban Grooves Elliot Levine – By Hilarie Grey — Jazz Articles
  10. ^ Teens in Between – from Virginia Department of Education
  11. ^ Various Artists – The abduction of The Art Of Noise – Review – Stylus Magazine
  12. ^ Review from Smooth Jazz Daily Magazine