Two nights only at Birdland, NYC
Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and his quartet perform on Friday and Saturday, November 23-24 at 9 p.m. at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. Joining Lefkowitz-Brown will be pianists Manuel Valera (Nov. 23) and Steven Feifke (Nov. 24), bassist Raviv Markovitz, and drummer Allan Mednard.
At just 28 years old, Brown can already look back on a career of impressive accomplishments: he’s become widely recognized among his peers as one of the most virtuosic saxophonists of his generation, toured the world with pop superstar Taylor Swift, played with jazz greats from Dave Brubeck to Clarence Penn, is a member of Arturo O’Farrill’s multi-Grammy winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, received numerous DownBeat Student Music Awards, and become the youngest faculty member at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he helps mold a new generation of jazz musicians alongside innovators like Robin Eubanks, Matt Wilson, David Sanchez and Julian Lage.
Lefkowitz-Brown has shown a savvy ability to cultivate a younger fanbase through his outreach on social media. With more than 40,000 followers across platforms like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, Lefkowitz-Brown has found a way to connect with the elusive millennial audience. In that aspect of his career he’s learned a few tricks from his sometime boss Taylor Swift – albeit on a much smaller scale.
His most recent album – the digital-only Standard Sessions, out September 28 via Sound Frame Records – features recreates the thrilling spontaneity of an informal jam session with two dozen stellar improvisers including Manuel Valera, Kush Abadey, Yasushi Nakamura, Carmen Staaf, Victor Gould, Allan Mednard, Jonathan Michel, and many others gathered for impromptu takes on favorite standards.
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is a renowned jazz saxophonist and international recording artist. He is currently a member of the multi Grammy award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and he has made internationally televised appearances with pop icons like Taylor Swift, Don Henley and Phillip Phillips. Chad has toured across the globe as a soloist and with many esteemed jazz artists, including Arturo O’Farrill and Clarence Penn.
A native of Elmira, New York, Chad established himself as a jazz prodigy at age 11, performing throughout New York State under the mentorship of local jazz hero, George Reed, who was known for backing legends like Teddy Wilson, Buddy Tate, and Marian McPartland.
Chad went on to pursue a formal education in the arts at the Brubeck Institute, a prestigious fellowship program created by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. While studying at the institute, he performed regularly with Brubeck and was a member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.
Chad received many accolades during his scholastic career, including 15 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards for categories such as “Best Jazz Soloist” and “Best Original Song.”
Since graduating from the Brubeck Institute, Chad has performed throughout four continents, and has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Super Bowl, and Madison Square Garden. His debut album, Imagery Manifesto, was named “Debut Album of the Year” by jazz critic and author, Doug Ramsey, and his forthcoming album, “Onward,” features jazz legend, Randy Brecker.
In fall 2017, Chad joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a visiting artist for their new Roots, Jazz and American Music program.