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O'Donel Levy

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Guitarist, O'Donel Levy (Butch) suffered a massive stroke on October 20, 2006.  Currently, he's recuperating at University Speciality Hospital at 601 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD.  The visiting hours are from 12-8 p.m. It is best to visit him after 2 p.m. 
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848 Bradhurst Road
Baltimore, Maryland  21212-3938
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Your positive energy and well wishes are welcome to empower and uplift one of the World's gifted musicians and composers to a miraculous healing.


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 ENJOY !!!


1 New Love
2 Flower Girl
3 Alone Tonight
4 Thinking About It
5 Love Woke Me Up
6 Sleep Tonight
7 Something Groovie
8 Good Life
9 Glenda
10 Lady Blue
11 I Want To Love You
12 Faith In Love


“Jazz may be a thrilling communion with the primitive soul; or it may be an ear-splitting bore” anonymous