Udi stays in high demand around new york city as a session player and lead guitarist.
After 10 years in the smooth jazz genera,composing more than 30 jazz songs and 3 major radio single hits
Udi decided to take a sudden transition and he is about to release his ROCK instrumental music debut CD.
"I have always wanted to accomplish that ...and I've decided that it’s now or never.
It was really fun and challenging to stretch my musical horizon. And even though rock music was always around the corner, I had to be focused on smooth jazz for a while to establish myself as an artist...but not anymore and I think all of my fans will be very pleased to see my other side .
Now I'm not just a smooth jazz artist but A GUITAR PLAYER!...no strings attached and no musical boundaries. After great success with his debut CD, Udi released another smooth jazz CD "AHAVA" the single
"Moment we touch” placed in the top 10 smooth jazz charts .Udi went on tour ,covering NYC, Chicago, Boston and Reno NV. His first release” Smooth Jazz Tales”, was receiving great acclaim and placed amongst the top 50 on “smooth jazz charts” and “Music Choice cable channel” in just 3 months.
His single “As Simple as That" had climbed the charts steadily along with top smooth jazz artist: Tower of Power and Paul Jackson Jr.Years of discipline and exploration with the guitar have led him to many genres of music and international acclaim. His effortless playing and passionate performances have wooed audiences around the globe from Maplewoodstock Festival in NJ and Aviv Festival in Miami, to his impressive invitation to play for former President of Israel Ezer Weitzman. With the help ofASL Media and Promotion, has recorded radio spots to be introduced including the UK smooth jazz circuit JazzNet 247 and WJAB 90.0 FM. Udi has traveled extensively with his guitar to try his hand in various genres from hard rock to blues and jazz..
Udi has been performing with his own band, the Udi Levy's Group in New York and US best jazz and rock venues such as Bitter End, Cutting Room,Kenny's and more.
Udi is also busy session player you can see him playing with David Easton's Band ,Whirl,Adama'sBand,Devlin Miles Band and many more.
Smooth Jazz is always hungry for new high-quality artists, and guitarist/composer Udi Levy fills the bill perfectly with his debut project SMOOTH JAZZ TALES. A native of Israel, where he actually started his active musical career with a rock band, Udi now lives in New York. With numerous performances as an in-demand sideman, as well as dates with his “Udi Levy Quartet” at major NYC jazz venues, he’s definitely keeping himself in the spotlight. When you check out this superb collection of original compositions, you’ll easily hear why he’s getting all these gigs! It’s refreshing, organic, high-caliber guitar jazz, in the footsteps of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Norman Brown. Mr. Levy moves deftly from gentle (“Things from the Heart”) to in-the-pocket Smooth Jazz (“We’ll Meet Again”) to funk (“Funktion”) on this disc… always with passion and warmth. SMOOTH JAZZ TALES is a must-have CD from a rapidly rising star!
2007-currently Guitar Teacher in the JCH Bensonhurst Brooklyn NY.
1997-currently Private Teacher in guitar fundamentals and have worked with over 200 students over the world at the present time located in Brooklyn NY or in Manhattan NYC.
2001-2004 Head of the guitar department at Effrat.
2002-2004 Taught a Master Class on styles and techniques of guitar playing at Kley-Zemer.
2003-2004 Guitar instructor for kids at Biet-Hakerem Community Center.
2001-2003 Taught Jazz & Rock theory and lessons at Kiriat-Noar Yeshiva.
1999-2001 Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
1990-1999 Private Guitar Lessons, studied with Steve Paskof
(Berklee College of Music Alumni), Hadar Merav, David Golek and Rami Klien.