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Tony Levin

Tony Levin was born in Boston on June 6, 1946. He grew up in the suburb of Brookline and began playing upright bass at 10 yrs old. In high school, he picked up tuba, soloing with the concert band. He also started a barbershop quartet. But he primarily played classical music on the upright, most notably performing at the White House with Marvin Rabin's Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for John and Jackie Kennedy. He then attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and played in the Rochester Philharmonic. Also at the school was Steve Gadd, now a renowned drummer, who introduced Tony to playing a higher level of jazz and rock

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Stick Men featuring David Cross: Panamerica: Live in Latin America

Read "Panamerica: Live in Latin America" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

When Stick Men—Chapman Stick player Tony Levin, drummer Pat Mastelotto (both past and current King Crimson members) and Touch Guitarist Markus Reuter—embarked on a Latin American tour with guest electric violinist/keyboardist David Cross (best known for his time with King Crimson) they recorded all of the shows, intending to release a series of digital live albums. ...

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The Later Years: 1987-2019

Read "The Later Years: 1987-2019" reviewed by John Kelman

On January 10, 1994, Pink Floyd announced its upcoming North American tour in support of what would be its second studio album following the 1984 departure of bassist and band co-founder Roger Waters, The Division Bell (Columbia/EMI), a little more than two months before its release on March 28 of the same year. The first of ...

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In the Court of King Crimson: An Observation Over 50 Years

Read "In the Court of King Crimson: An Observation Over 50 Years" reviewed by John Kelman

In the Court of King Crimson: An Observation Over 50 YearsSid Smith616 PagesISBN: 978-1916153004Panegyric Publishing2019 When it was first released in 2001, British scribe Sid Smith's In the Court of King Crimson (Helter Skelter Publishing) filled a major need for a band that was, at that time, touring in ...

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In the Court of King Crimson: An Observation Over 50 Years: Level Five, VIII

Read "In the Court of King Crimson: An Observation Over 50 Years: Level Five, VIII" reviewed by Sid Smith

On November 15, 2019, as part of King Crimson's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Panegryic will be releasing Sid Smith's significant revision and expansion of his critically acclaimed bio, In the Court of King Crimson (Helter Skelter Publishing, 2001). More than merely adding what has gone on in the nearly 20 years since the original book was published, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

King Crimson at Budweiser Stage & Théâtre St-Denis

Read "King Crimson at Budweiser Stage & Théâtre St-Denis" reviewed by John Kelman

King Crimson 2019 Celebration Tour Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Canada Théâtre St-Denis, Montréal, Canada September 14 & 17, 2019 After covering six shows including two 2014 dates in San Francisco, another two 2015 shows in Montréal, and single, back-to-back 2017 performances in Montréal and Toronto, perhaps the biggest question is:

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King Crimson at Paramount Theatre

Read "King Crimson at Paramount Theatre" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

King Crimson Paramount Theatre Denver, CO September 8, 2019 Every band should have three drummers. No, wait, every band needs three drummers. King Crimson proved that Sunday night with, not just three drummers, but three drummers right up front. Well, maybe two and half drummers; drummer Jeremy Stacey spent ...

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Stick Men at the Beachland Ballroom

Read "Stick Men at the Beachland Ballroom" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Stick Men, CuDa Sheif & CuDaBeachland Ballroom Cleveland Ohio August 4, 2019 The audience at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on August 4 witnessed the Stick Men develop a new canon for a new breed of instruments. Markus Reuter and Tony Levin both play instruments that are less ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Umbria Jazz 2019 - Prima parte

Read "Umbria Jazz 2019 - Prima parte" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 2019 Perugia, varie sedi 12-21.7.2019 “Numeri da record assoluto quelli di UJ19: oltre 40.000 paganti con un incasso che ha superato 1 milione e 600mila euro." Con queste parole di evidente soddisfazione si apre il comunicato diramato nella conferenza stampa conclusiva del festival umbro. Indubbiamente a Perugia il ...

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Phil Keaggy at Mount Hermon

Read "Phil Keaggy at Mount Hermon" reviewed by John Bricker

Phil Keaggy Conference Center Summer Concerts 2019 Mount Hermon, CA July 13, 2019 During a performance of his song “Mercy," from his 2016 album All At Once, Phil Keaggy shouted to the audience, “Put those hands together!" Hundreds of people clapped in unison while he played an expressive solo over ...


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