O’Donel Levy has performed and continues to perform
at some of the biggest festivals with some of the biggest audiences in the world. He was the main attraction at the Montreaux
Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He’s played with the who’s who of blues, jazz, and even soul. He has appeared
with the late great Miles Davis. He has played beside Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff,
and that’s only the beginning. If he hasn’t played with them, he has composed and written music for them.
He’s music has been recorded and performed by Luther Vandross, Sarah Vaughn, and his friends, Herbie Mann
and Ethel Ennis.
Jazz and R&B guitarist O'Donel Levy grew up in South Baltimore and
attended the Peabody Institute. While in Boston Levy hooked up with Jack McDuff and George Benson and soon replaced George
in that band. His first solo album was released in 1971 on the Groove Merchant label.
Levy's groups featured many talented
Baltimore area musicians including vocalist Aleta Greene, Chester Thompson (drums), Gary Grainger (bass), David Smith (sax,
flute), Jimmy Wilson (trumpet), Charles Covington (keyboards), Stafford Levy (drums). Bob Wyatt (drums), Bob Butta (keyboards),
Marcel Turner (bass).
Recently Levy return to Baltimore from his tour of Shanghai and Malaysia Jazz festivals. Montreux,
Pori, Finland, Indonesia, Singapore are among the many festivals Levy performs every year.
"In The Name Of Love" is
the second of 6 or 7 new album projects Levy have on the table for production and release .... one after the other. HOPE YOU