Theodore Levine

  • Instructor - Saxophone

Ted Levine received a BA in music from Westfield State College in 1982. He is on the faculty at Holyoke Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Western New England University, where he is the Director of Bands. He taught applied saxophone and Jazz Studies at Westfield State University for 35 years. He has performed with many jazz greats such as Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Knepper, Eliane Elias, Mario Pavone, Michael Musillami, Chris Vadala, Peter Madsen, and Peter Erskine. Mr. Levine has also been a soloist with the Springfield Symphony Pops and the Amherst College Orchestra, and is the founder and leader of the East Wind Saxophone Quartet. In 1991 he toured Russia as a featured soloist with the Jeff Holmes Big Band, and was a BET Jazz Discovery in 1996. In 1999, Mr. Levine worked under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-conductor-educator Gunther Schuller in the Duke Ellington Tribute Orchestra at Amherst College. Since 2003, Mr. Levine has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Collective, under the direction of David Sanford. Ted is also a recording artist. He has recorded extensively as a sideman with such groups as The Pittsburgh Collective and the Jeff Holmes Orchestra. His recordings as a leader (A Well-Kept Secret,1993, Signature Sounds Records, Event #6, 2000, and Night Sounds 2003, both on Playscape Recordings) have received rave reviews from major magazines such as Down Beat, Jazz Times and Cadence.