Arts & Culture

Grammy Winner Howard Levy, Chris Siebold Join UK Faculty on Singletary Stage

Howard Levy demonstrates his harmonica skills for WBUR's "On Point."

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2018) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will present a concert with multiple Grammy Award-winning harmonica player Howard Levy and guitarist Chris Siebold 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Recital Hall. The duo will be accompanied by the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, fronted by UK School of Music faculty Miles Osland and Raleigh Dailey, for this exclusive engagement.

A master of the diatonic harmonic, innovative composer, superb pianist and recording artist, bandleader, producer and educator, Howard Levy's musical talents have landed him all over the geographical landscape and musical map. He presents a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he performs; his experience spanning the genres of jazz, classical music, rock, folk, Latin and world music.

Levy's vast repertoire has made him a favorite with both audiences and recording artists alike, having been sought after by the likes of Dolly Parton, Kenny Loggins, Paquito D'Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen and Paul Simon. He has also played on many movie soundtracks and appeared on hundreds of CDs.

Levy is well known for the compilation of CDs he recorded with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, a unique band that shook up the musical world in the early 1990s. The artist reunited with the band in 2010 to record the CD "Rocket Science" and proceeded to tour extensively in 2011-2012. Levy won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for "Life in Eleven," which he co-wrote with Fleck.

For more than six years, Levy has been performing with fellow musician Chris Siebold. Siebold has been playing guitar and singing for over 20 years. He draws from a deep well of influences and plays many styles of music from blues, bluegrass, jazz and rock. A Chicago native, he has recorded for a wide range of local and international artists and has performed with such popular artists as Paul McCartney, Sara Bareilles and Brad Paisley.  

The Osland/Dailey Jazztet was formed in 2006 by a group of celebrated UK School of Music educators and alumni. The band includes Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies, on woodwinds; Associate Professor Raleigh Dailey, on piano; instructor Danny Cecil, on bass; and instructor Paul Deatherage, on percussion. The quartet’s music is an update of the jazz tradition with influences ranging from jazz fusion to free improvisation.

The jazztet has performed widely both nationally and internationally including the Montreux (Switzerland) and North Sea (Rotterdam) Jazz Festivals. The quartet’s debut recording, titled “Evidence,” was released on the Sea Breeze Jazz label in the summer of 2009, and received major airplay across the globe. Their sophomore effort, “The Mendoza Line,” contains 13 originals penned by Dailey.

Tickets for the Howard Levy and Chris Siebold concert are $15 for the general public. Ticket processing fees and sales tax will be added upon purchase. UK students may receive a free ticket by bringing their student ID to the Singletary Center ticket office up to the day before the show. Tickets are available online at www.SCFATickets.com, by phone at 859-257-4929, and in person at the Singletary Center.

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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black and white photo of musicians Howard Levy playing harmonica and Chris Siebold on guitar
photo of Osland/Dailey Jazztet on Singletary stage

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