Instructors

Danny Levin

Nobody plays like Danny Levin.  Danny is a showman and tries to make everything look as hard as he can.  As a kid, Danny was trained as a classical cellist, but when he heard Texas swing and soon after met and recorded with Johnny Gimble, he added the violin to his repertoire, which includes the piano.  Danny was Asleep at the Wheel’s first fiddle player, and was with the Wheel for most of the 70’s.  While with Asleep, the group won two Grammys.  Be sure to listen for Danny’s fiddle licks and piano strides!
Danny is an accomplished jazz guy now and has released a CD of standards and originals called Nutbars.  He runs a studio in Austin, called Tequila Mockingbird, which creates music for commercials.

These days his playing career consists of projects he finds entertaining and intriguing.  He is laying down bass lines with his cello in a couple of new music bands in the Austin area.  One group, Bob Schneider’s Lonelyland, won Austin Chronicle’s “Best Band” award.  The other is an eclectic quartet called the "Sweet Bunch of Daisies" (Kenny Baker reference for those of you paying attention).

Danny is a very creative musician who loves teaching others about his craft.  He is uniquely suited to help a cellist explore the world of alternative acoustic music.