Pete Levin grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts and studied at Boston University. He received a master’s degree from Juilliard School of music in New York City. In the early 1970s he joined the Gil Evans Orchestra as a French horn player, however his passion of experimenting with synthesizers, caught the ear of Gil Evans, who incorporated Levin’s synthesizer sound into the compositions. Levin’s role changed to a full-time keyboardist. His fifteen-year association with the Gil Evans Orchestra was followed by an eight-year association with Jimmy Giuffre.
Levin plays the Piano, Hammond organ, Clavinet and Moog synthesizer. He has produced several albums as a band leader including the 2007 Deacon Blues and “Jump!” in 2010. In 2014 he released a collaborative album with his brother, bassist Tony Levin, titled Levin Brothers. The album is a tribute to and styled after the works of Oscar Pettiford and Julius Watkins. Levin has performed for film and television scores including Missing in Action, Lean on Me, Silver Bullet, Red Scorpion, The Color of Money, Maniac, Spin City, America’s Most Wanted and Star Trek. He has composed orchestral scores of his own for Zelimo and The Dybbuk. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for writing the official military band arrangement of the U.S. Infantry song.
He has worked with a wide range of artists including Carla Bley, Brubeck Brothers, Hiram Bullock, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Cobham, Willie Colón, Kal David, Miles Davis, Rachelle Farrell, Bryan Ferry, Gregory Hines, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, Annie Lennox, Chuck Mangione, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Jaco Pastorius, Genya Ravan, Robbie Robertson, Salt-n-Pepa, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Paul Simon, Lew Soloff, John Tropea, Joe Louis Walker, Vanessa Williams, and Lenny White.
Regarding his creative work, Levin stated that “All my arranging and orchestrating work is grounded in what I experience in live performance (…) My best and most creative ideas come from playing live.”
Mike DeMicco’s expansive embrace of music has led him to work with prominent artists in many genres. He’s toured the world extensively since 1980, performing and recording with a diverse cross-section of jazz, blues and popular artists, including Dave Brubeck, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Jack DeJohnette, Nick Brignola, Warren Bernhardt, Lee Shaw, Rory Block, James & Livingston Taylor, Professor “Louie” and The Crowmatix, and many others. Mike’s selected performance highlights include appearances on PBS and NPR; at the major European and North American jazz festivals; and at prestigious clubs and venues such as The Kennedy Center, Ronnie Scott’s, LA’s Jazz Bakery, The Blue Note, Birdland, The Five Spot, The Bottom Line, Wolf Trap, Great American Music Hall, and BB King’s. Mike has led his own jazz group since 1987, and also co-leads an organ trio with Hammond B-3 player Pete Levin. Mike’s new CD, As The Sun Sets (Blue Forest), features longtime musical mentor, pianist Warren Bernhardt, bassists Jay Anderson and Rob Leon, and drummer Peter O’Brien. All About Jazz calls this recording “all progressive, creative quartet jazz. It’s straight-ahead, but with a contemporary feel . . . DeMicco’s compositions are complex, intricate and original vehicles. (He) possesses a fluid, melodic style and excellent technique and taste.
Jeff “Siege” Siegel is a drummer, percussionist, and composer. He was a member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-99. Siegel’s diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record w/ Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison,Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Ryan Kisor, Arturo O’Farrill, Arthur Rhames, Wadada Leo Smith, Baikida Carroll, Tony Levin & more. He has co-led several touring/recording projects over the years. Siegel teaches at The New School, SUNY New Paltz and WCSU. He has performed clinics throughout Europe, South America, China, South Africa and the United States. He holds a M.A. in Jazz from Queens College where he studied composition with Jimmy Heath and has been the recipient of several grants from Meet the Composer.