Dori Levine has been exploring the art of vocal improvisation and a "voice as an instrument approach to singing" for a couple of decades. She brings her vast improvisational palette to the rendering of Jazz standards as well as to her world of spontaneously improvised wordless vocal sounds. She has been heard in major New York venues and abroad such as the Blue Note, Birdland, the Knitting Factory and the Brighton festival in England. She also has a thriving teaching practice in New York City and is available for private lessons, master classes and workshops.
Review in Cadence Magazine by Frank Rubolino
If sultriness were patentable, Levine would hold the patent. She vocalizes on a uniquely spontaneous program with pianist Levy with a moody, down-to-earth style that projects her voice as an improvising instrument in tandem with the piano. Yet she can also ooze out emotion as a torch singer, placing her in a dual attack role as a Jazz vocalist. Stoking the fire for Levine is Levy, who carries on a love affair with the keyboards with his mesmerizing development of the songs. Playing in fully improvised mode, Levy creates the heat of smoldering embers that places emphasis on the lower end consistent with Levine's voicing. These two creative performers develop each selection through acute listening and interaction. You can hear each of them take fragments of the other's notes and turn them around in a new variation on the theme. Levine approaches each song with the originality and inventiveness that marks the work of Jeanne Lee. She gets moody, pensive, or alternately highly excitable and injects a creative spirit into every note. Whether scatting in non-word phrases or melting steel with her sensual twist on lyrics, she comes off as an inventive artist. Similarly Levy exists in her same world, crafting deep-toned and weighty improvisations full of substance. He broods over a tune, reaching down into its bowels and emerging with lustrous gemstones. As a team, these two are captivating in their moodiness. They raise the level of Jazz vocal originality several notches and are definitely worth hearing.