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From the Vaults, Vol. 2: The NBV Quintet (1980​-​1983)

by Howard Levy

22 Bars 08:13
Airborne 08:37
Moonchild 09:11
Mello Roast 10:28


I started this band with trumpeter Dave Urban, bassist Curt Bley, and drummer Dave Derge in 1979. We were all part of the flourishing Chicago Jazz scene. NBV stands for “No Bad Vibes”. Either Curt or Dave Urban suggested that as the name, and it stuck. As time went by, I became the leader and added sax player Steve Eisen. Various drummers and bass players passed through the group, each bringing his own special touch to the sound.

The band played regularly at The No Exit Café, The Piano Man, and other Chicago venues between 1980 and 1985.

We mostly played my tunes, but also some standards, Wayne Shorter tunes, etc. I played piano 95% of the time in this band, as the primary focus of the band was the sound of the trumpet and tenor sax with rhythm section.

I rediscovered old cassettes of our music as I was cleaning my attic last year. This gave me the impetus to put out the music that we had played together in the 1980’s in Chicago.


released December 20, 2018

Dave Urban - trumpet and flugelhorn
Steve Eisen - tenor saxophone
Howard Levy - piano
Kelly Sill - bass (tracks 1-3)
Jeff Czech - bass (tracks 5 & 6)
Paul Wertico - drums


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Howard Levy Chicago, Illinois

Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, and producer.

Equally at home in Jazz, Classical, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, the two- time Grammy Award Winner is a favorite with audiences worldwide.

Howard has been touring as a solo artist and with The Flecktones, Trio Globo, & Chris Siebold.
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