Adam Levy
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Adam Levy
Adam Levy
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Guitarist Adam Levy
Background information
Born (1966-11-27) November 27, 1966 (age 52)
Encino, California, U.S.
GenresJazz, pop, rock
Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
LabelsLost Wax
Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Tracy Chapman

Adam Levy is a jazz guitarist who was a member of Norah Jones's band.


Levy was born in Encino, California. Two of his uncles and one cousin played guitar, and his mother briefly took lessons. His grandfather, George Wyle, worked for The Andy Williams Show and The Flip Wilson Show on television as music director. As a teenager, Levy was a member of a local big band. After he graduated from high school, he studied at the Dick Grove School of Music, where his teachers included Ted Greene and Jimmy Wyble.[1]

He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and worked as a studio musician, appearing on a Tracy Chapman album in the mid 1990s. At the end of the decade, he was a member of the group Killer Joey with drummer Joey Baron, guitarist Steve Cardenas, and bassist Tony Scherr. Levy then moved to New York City, where he met Norah Jones and was a member of her band at the beginning of her career through her bestselling albums and world tours. He has also played with Rosanne Cash, Chris Difford, Amos Lee, and Lisa Loeb. He leads a trio called the Mint Imperials.[1]

Since 2015, Levy has been the Chair of the Guitar Performance department at Los Angeles College of Music.[2]


As leader or co-leader

  • With My Guitar and You (2001) with George Wyle
  • Buttermilk Channel (2001)
  • Get Your Glow On (2003)
  • Loose Rhymes - Live on Ludlow Street (2006)
  • Washing Day (2007)
  • Nice Place to Visit (2008)
  • Humdinger (2008)
  • The Heart Collector (2011)
  • Live from Sun Studios (2012)
  • Portuguese Subtitles (2012)
  • Little March (2013) with Shelley Segal
  • Mad Flux (2013) with João Erbetta
  • Town & Country (2014)
  • Worry Later (2014) with Ben Goldberg and Smith Dobson
  • Other Desert Cities (2015)
  • Blueberry Blonde (2016) with Jay Bellerose
  • Neighbors (2017) with Anthony da Costa

As sideman

With Norah Jones

With others


  • Jazz Guitar Sight-Reading (Alfred Music, 1997)
  • Play the Right Stuff - Creating Great Guitar Parts, (Alfred Music, 2006), DVD & online course
  • 50 Low Down Rhythms You Must Know, (Truefire, 2013), DVD & online course
  • Rhythm Makeover with Adam Levy, (Truefire, 2014), DVD & online course
  • Essentials: Slow Burn Soloing - Introduction (Truefire, 2015), DVD & online course
  • Guitar Tips YouTube series


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ "Guitar Faculty Bios - LACM". Retrieved 2017.

External links

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