Names: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown
International award winning saxophonist, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, grew up in Horseheads, a small town in upstate New York. His father was a music teacher, and inspired Chad at a very young age to pick up the saxophone. When Chad was just 11, he began gigging throughout Southern Tier New York with local jazz legend, George Reed. That year Chad won his first DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award (SMA). During the remainder of his scholastic career, he went on to win a total of 15 DownBeat SMAs for categories including, “Best Jazz Soloist” and “Best Original Song.”
Throughout his teenage years, Chad developed a local following. He began playing throughout his community at clubs, theaters and festivals, and led benefit concerts for local and national homeless shelters and cancer societies. Among the numerous collegiate programs that sought Chad’s scholarship, he continued his education in the arts at the Brubeck Fellowship Program, a prestigious program started by jazz legend Dave Brubeck, in California.
Just four years after graduating from the Brubeck Institute, Chad has already performed across the globe throughout four continents, and has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Super Bowl, and the GRAMMY awards. He currently performs and records as a sideman with many renowned bandleaders including Ron McClure, Clarence Penn, Amina Figorova, and Arturo O’Farrill’s GRAMMY winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Chad has also appeared in concert with pop icons Phillip Phillips and Josh Groban, and he formerly toured as the musical director and saxophonist for R&B singer, Alice Tan Ridley.