Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is a GRAMMY winning saxophonist known for his work in the jazz and pop genres. He has made television appearances with Taylor Swift and Phillip Phillips, and has toured on four continents with many esteemed jazz artists.
Chad 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, and has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Super Bowl, and the GRAMMY awards. He currently tours and records as a sideman with many renowned bandleaders including Ron McClure, Clarence Penn, the Metta Quintet, Amina Figorova, and Arturo O’Farrill’s GRAMMY winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. In 2013, Chad released “Imagery Manifesto” which renowned jazz critic and author, Doug Ramsey, hailed as “Best Debut Album of 2013.” In 2014, Chad was the featured soloist on the title track of “Offense of the Drum” an album that went on to win a GRAMMY award in February, 2015 for Best Latin Jazz Album.
With Swift and Phillips, Chad has performed on televised events including the Super Bowl, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning America. He has also performed with Josh Groban, and formerly toured as the musical director and saxophonist for Alice Tan Ridley.