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Rob Levit is a multi-directional artist. While principally known as a guitarist and leader of the Rob Levit Trio renowned for its jazz renditions and improvisations, he also paints, writes poetry and essays and is active in infusing creativity into schools, communities and the workplace. His work is distinguished by the depth of its originality and by the breadth of its interest. Levit lives on the cutting-edge of artistic inspiration and innovation and is a gifted speaker and facilitator on leadership, team building, entrepreneurship and the creative process. He has provided workshops, performances and seminars for Daimler-Chrysler, Northwestern Mutual, Leadership Anne Arundel, Entrepreneurs Exchange, American Business Women's Association and Anne Arundel County Public Schools among others.
In July and August 2006, Levit served as a fellow for the APPEX program at UCLA's Center for Intercultural Performance where he lived, collaborated and performed with creative artists from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Germany and the United States. The program was sponsored in part by the United States Department of State. In September 2006, Levit was the recipient of the Annie Award for performing arts given annually to artists "who have made a lasting, significant and inspiring contribution to an art form, an arts organization and to the wider community of Anne Arundel County." In October 2006, he was awarded the City of Annapolis Mayor's Come Together Award for citizens who "have demonstrated significant contributions to the spirit of community civility." In January 2007, he was a recipient of Leadership Anne Arundel's Community Trustee Award for his community programs and involvement. Also in January 2007, he founded 2C (Creating Communities) to foster creativity and the arts for the underserved with a focus on elementary school children and the mentally ill.
His 2005 CD, "Touch the Spirit," a solo instrumental guitar album, was received to critical acclaim and climbed to No. 11 on the national New Age/World Music charts. In November 2006, Levit released "Songs of Healing," an album of original guitar pieces designed for friend, families and patients of Hospice of the Chesapeake.
In summer 2007 he was selected Teaching Artist in the Maryland Artist Teacher Institute program at University of Maryland. In addition to leading a session at this conference, in November 2007, Levit was e a featured speaker at the Moss Foundation conference on children's education. Visit for more information.

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Guitarist, composer and educator Rob Levit has been described by the Ottawa International Jazz Festival as " of the finest young guitarists on today's jazz scene." He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the 2000 Chamber Music America New Works: Creation and Presentation (Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project) Award, the Jazz Composers Alliance/Julius Hemphill Prize, and four consecutive Maryland State Arts Council Individual Arts Awards. Inspired by great composers as diverse as Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Sam Rivers and Pat Metheny, Levit's music integrates world, rock, jazz and classical sources with improvisation to create an exciting fusion of sounds. His band, the Rob Levit Group, has performed at the Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Knitting Factory, and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Levit Produces, records, and releases his own music on the Symbol System label -- a label devoted to fostering collaboration, creativity, and economic self-sufficiency. He also gives workshops on all aspects of jazz and improvisation.

The Rob Levit Trio, one of the best loved jazz groups in the mid-Atlantic region, is anchored by acoustic bassist Amy Shook, one of the few women acoustic jazz bass virtuoso in the world, and master drummer Frank Russo. Together, they create a seamless mix of jazz, world, classical, and funk grooves that is rapidly vaulting them to national and international status. Led by guitarist/composer/visual artist Rob Levit, The Trio performs nationwide -- with recent shows in Coastal Carolina, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle/Bellingham, Washington, DC at the Smithsonian and Rock Hall, Maryland. Rob Levit has also appeared on the mainstage of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Texaco New York Jazz Festival, and the National Arts Centre as part of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival/ Their recently released CD, Uncertain Path, was played on NPR's Morning Edition and reviewed in over a dozen national media outlets, including Jazz Times, Jazz Improv, and All About Jazz.

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album coverROB LEVIT TRIO: Uncertain Path
Rob Levit is a guitarist, composer, poet, painter and educator. His guitar work and compositions blend traditional jazz structure and motifs with state of the art technology, creating a sound that is uniquely his own.

"Uncertain Path" mixes traditional

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album coverROB LEVIT: Touch the Spirit
Rob Levit is a guitarist, composer, poet, painter and educator. His guitar work and compositions blend traditional jazz structure and motifs with state of the art technology, creating a sound that is uniquely his own.

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album coverROB LEVIT: Motivate to Create Volume 1: Spiritual Creativity
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album coverROB LEVIT: Anatomy Of Ecstasy
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On Music Improvisation

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 3:35pm 1 Comment

On Music Improvisation

Improvisation is the purest form of music. It is not associated with style or precedent but rather with total listening, a form of meditation in action. Total listening

creates deeper awareness within and beyond…


Artist Statement: Living The Creative Life For me, the most important element in living the creative life is the element of surprise. When I sit and finally still myself at the end of a long harri…

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Artist Statement: Living The Creative Life

For me, the most important element in living the creative life is the element of surprise. When I sit and finally still myself at the end of a long harried day, it often feels as if I



On Teaching

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Teaching Music

Teaching a student is a balance between creating a structured environment and freedom to explore. Two questions that are useful with

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At 9:01pm on June 26, 2008, Chip Boaz said…
Rob -

You've got some interesting music posted here. I love the diversity in the tracks. Your approach to integrating world styles is inspired - I'm definitely going to have to come back for more. Thanks for sharing the music, look forward to getting to know you.
At 1:59pm on January 24, 2008, Jamie Fox said…
Hi Rob,

I don't know if I told you how much I enjoyed your CD's- great stuff....hope to see you soon.

At 7:21pm on January 21, 2008, basskie said…
Hello Rob,
I just stopped and listen to you.
I like your sound. Great tone!

At 5:38pm on January 21, 2008, Jaijai Jackson said…
Rob, welcome to the Jazz Network, I'm glad you are here, please load up some artwork so that it travels into the front page slideshow so all can learn about you, You have a very impressive background! Please impart your life's journey to us in the days to come...!

At 1:43pm on January 21, 2008, Wayne Cobham said…







Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


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