Jeff Levenson is a label executive, writer-producer, educator and jazz journalist. His affiliations include posts at Half Note, Sony, Warner Bros, Downbeat, Billboard and The New School for Social Research. He has authored and/or produced events for the NEA, The US State Department, The White House and The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. His credits include collaborations with jazz’s most noteworthy contributors – Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Branford Marsalis, Bela Fleck, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz and Joe Lovano, among them.
He has produced and/or supervised production on 8 Grammy albums – 2 winners, 12 nominations. He currently chairs the National Jazz Committee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and serves as Board Governor for its New York Chapter.
His workshops and lectures, “Connecting The Dots: The Business of Jazz,” offer an insider’s view of the real-world considerations students face upon graduation: Career Management, Recording Opportunities; Record Production; Contact Development; Strategies for Managing Press, Publicity and Marketing.
Currently, he produces the annual Thelonious Monk Instrumental Competition, and authors “Ears New York,” a monthly column for Canada’s foremost radio station, JazzFM91.
Jeff has a Masters Degree in Communications from Queens College, The City University of New York. He has annotated numerous albums covering a wide variety of jazz styles. He is a published poet.