James Levy is active as a pianist, teacher and composer. As a jazz pianist he has played at clubs such as Blue’s Alley, Twins and has been heard nationally on NPR’s “Jazzset.”
In the mid 1980s, he founded the Jazz Studies Program at the George Washington University where he still serves as Adjunct Professor and teaches Jazz Piano. For the past 9 years Mr. Levy has also taught in the DC Public School system.
He served as Organist/Choir Director at Rockville United Church from 1991-2012, and has presented several of his choral compositions at the National Cathedral. A setting of Psalm 121 was performed by the Paul Hill Washington Singers in a concert featuring the music of area composers. His title music for “To the Moon and Beyond” was heard on most of the nation’s PBS affiliates.
Watch a short documentary made by a GWU student on James Levy’s approach to teaching.
Read Chapter One (My Hat), Memoirs of a Cocktail Pianist.
Chapter One to Seven, Memoirs of a Cocktail Pianist.