Based in the Sunshine State, Jazz pianist Mike Levine has developed a reputation as a solid player, producer and composer on the Miami scene. With a career that stretches back to the early 80’s, the University of Miami alumnus made his record debut in 1981 as co-leader of The Ross-Levine Band, a project upon which Pat Metheny was a guest artist. The effort drew national attention and remained in the top ten of the AC-Jazz Chart for six weeks. The subsequent effort also faired well and paved the band’s way as an opening act for such highly regarded performers as Michael Franks, Gato Barbieri and Dionne Warwick.
In the times since, Levine has enjoyed a variety of gigs and recordings from Mel Torme, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Ed Calle, Michael Bolton, Les DeMerle, Roberto Perrera, Billy Ross and John Secada to touring in Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Canada. His festivals appearances have been several, The Montreal, Detroit, Syracuse, Aruba, and Berks Jazz Festivals.
“From The Heart”, Mikes debut CD, featured special guests Hiram Bullock and Ed Calle. This 2008 release landed Mike on SmoothJazz.com Indie Chart for over forty weeks.
His new CD, “Thinking Of You”, feature special guests Will Lee on Bass, Ed Calle on Sax and Billy Ross on Flutes, along with South Florida finest.