Fronted by world-class reedman Dan Levinson and featuring the enchanting vocalist Molly Ryan, the Palomar Jazz Band brings together the cream of New York City's flourishing hot jazz scene to blend hot, stomping 1920s jazz with the classy elegance of the 1930s.
Price Range: Varies widely depending on multiple factors
Gig Length: 10 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, French, Spanish
What to Expect
The ensemble can range from 2 to 7 pieces, depending on the size of the space and the desired ambience/dynamic. We can provide subtle, quiet background music to enhance a dinner or social event without intruding on conversation, or we can put on a lively, exciting SHOW to entertain your guests and feed their souls with hot, swinging jazz. Our music is for dancing as well as listening. If you're looking for music that will get your guests on the dance floor, we've got the beat and we've got the tempos. We're not a "pop band" in the current sense of the term, but we play "pop music" from the era when music was music. Similarly, we're not a "Latin band", but we've got enough Latin tunes in our repertoire to keep our well-rounded dancers and listeners happy.
A specialist in early jazz styles of the 1910s, '20s and '30s, Dan Levinson is indeed one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today. During a career spanning nearly three decades, he has appeared alongside such prominent artists 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 eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, 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 on both sides of the Atlantic with James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band - NYC's preeminent swing orchestra - and throughout Germany with Andrej Hermlin's Swing Dance Orchestra. Dan has recorded over 150 CDs, including nine under his own name. He can be heard on the soundtracks to the films "The Cat's Meow", "Ghost World", "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond", and Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator", as well as on virtually all of the newly recorded music used on the soundtrack of the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series "Boardwalk Empire", which ran from 2010 to 2014.
Additional Booking Notes
Varies based on size on the ensemble, instrumentation, and the size and acoustics of the performance area.
We have hundreds of jazz and pop songs in our repertoire, encompassing music dating from the 1800s to the 1960s, with a focus on jazz of the '20s and '30s and the Great American Songbook (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Hoagy Carmichael, etc.).
Influences & Inspiration
Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, hot jazz and swing of the 1910s, '20s and '30s.
Varies based on size on the ensemble, instrumentation, and the size and acoustics of the performance area
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