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email: oren[at]ohljazz.com

Oren Levine plays piano and writes songs

Oren is a jazz pianist and songwriter based in Washington, DC. He performs regularly at venues in the DC area and on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. His performances deliver positive, relaxed, swinging music rooted in the American jazz tradition and always include some of his original songs.

Oren’s songs been recorded by Carolyn Malachi, Aaron Myers, Lionel Lyles, Donna Singer, and Jason Mendelson’s MetroSongs project. In 2022 Oren released two singles from his Groove Park project, a musical “home” for collaborative projects that combine his jazz roots with other styles and vibes. “Island In The Sea,” was released in March , followed by “Bend Don’t Break” in July.

Oren’s 2018 debut album “Making Up For Lost Time” features eleven of his original songs, performed by an all-star group of musicians from the DC region. The title track won a Finalist award in the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and the album received three Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) nominations in 2019.

Oren released two new songs in 2020. “Don’t Sleep On Me” features Aaron Myers singing this swinging message of encouragement to musicians and other creatives. “Ain’t It The Truth” features Carolyn Malachi singing a call for action against false news and information overload.

Aaron and Oren previously collaborated on “Stand Right“, featured on NPR and in the Washington Post.

Oren was a long-standing member of the house band at the (pre-pandemic) weekly DC Jazz Jam and performs with The Lucky So & So’s, a latin jazz/funk band.

Selected discography

Ain’t It The Truth (feat. Carolyn Malachi) (2020): A lament about the spread of false news with a message of hope for overcoming it

Making Up For Lost Time (2018): 11 original songs performed by 10 of the DC area’s finest jazz musicians. Title track won a 2019 MASC finalist award

Donna Singer: Set Your Heart Free (2019): Donna performs three of my songs: “Spread Your Wings,” “How It Ends,” “My Dear”

Aaron Myers: Snowing In Vegas (2015): Includes my originals Hanukkah LightSnow Day, and Stand Right.

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