Judy Handler & Mark Levesque | Acoustic Blend

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Acoustic Blend

by Judy Handler & Mark Levesque

Husband and wife duo, Judy Handler and Mark Levesque blend Brazilian, Latin American, swing, gypsy, classical and folk music influences to create their sophisticated and expressive arrangements.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Que Pasa?
3:46 album only
2. Stompin' at the Savoy
3:18 album only
3. Chiquita
3:34 album only
4. Muriel
4:03 album only
5. Sweet Georgia Brown
2:35 album only
6. Si Bheag Si Mhor
2:33 album only
7. Boys of Blue Hill
1:22 album only
8. Lonely Accordion
3:16 album only
9. Sounds of Bells
2:47 album only
10. Tico Tico
3:22 album only
11. Pe de Moleque
4:22 album only
12. La Partida
2:17 album only
13. Samba de Orfeu
4:38 album only
14. Le Fenetre
3:14 album only
15. Lisandre
3:29 album only
16. Honeysuckle Rose
2:50 album only


Album Notes
"It’s a perfect musical marriage. A rich, zesty guitar gumbo, Handler & Levesque crackle with tasty elements of classical, swing, Gypsy, Brazilian and a dizzying array of world-music flavorings."
Owen McNally, music critic
Hartford Courant, Feature Story

“Judy and Mark are extraordinary professionals who exude energy and musical passion on their releases, as well as their live performances… Separately they are exciting musicians; together they are a powerful force of sound, showmanship, and music.” -- Edward F. Nesta, Publisher, Luxury Experience Magazine

Husband and wife duo, Handler and Levesque blend Brazilian, Latin American, swing, gypsy, classical and folk music influences to create their unique arrangements. Audiences respond with great enthusiasm to their extraordinary sound and the uplifting spirit of their music. They have performed over 1,000 concerts together throughout the Northeast and Midwest.

Recent concert venues include:
International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven, CT)
Byron Colby Barn (IL)
Music Mountain (Falls Village, CT)
Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI)
University of Connecticut (West Hartford, CT)
The Quechee Club (VT)
Bushnell Autorino Great Hall (Hartford, CT)
Mystic Arts Café (Mystic, CT)
Bean Blossom Music Series (IN)
Chateaugay Lakes Arts Association (Chateaugay, NY)
Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY)
The Jewish Museum (NY)
The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY)
Queens Public Library (NY)
Troy Music Hall (Troy, NY)
Perishable Theatre (Providence, RI)

Handler & Levesque are on the roster of artists for Cantaloupe Music Productions in New York City, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, and the Connecticut Library Consortium.

Handler & Levesque have recorded & released 3 CDs including their new CD "Passion". Their second CD is an exhilarating live concert with bass & drums called "Two Guitars Live!" that was chosen by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as a premiere gift to donors to their 2006 campaign. Their 2001 release, "Acoustic Blend" received international and critical acclaim. "Acoustic Blend" & "Two Guitars Live!" received glowing reviews from Just Jazz Guitar, Mandolin Quarterly, Luxury Experience, and www.minor7th.com. Their CDs have been sold in dozens of countries throughout the world. Handler & Levesque are also featured on 5 compilation CDs of New England guitarists, a holiday CD - "Sugar Tree Carol" by Gayla D. Matos as well as an international virtual CD, "Prelude".



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"Acoustic Blend" is a delightful CD. Mark and Judy's sparkling music shows stunning virtuosity combined with an obvious love for their craft. Their eclectic selection of international tunes is spot on. This has become one of my favorite CD's. Don't miss out on this wonderful musical experience-you will love it!

Marilynn Mair, Mandolin Quarterly, March 2002

This CD serves as a welcome introduction to a duo whose musical insight makes the world richer for us all.


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buy this cd now. it's just what you need. Put your feet up; this cd in your player, headphones on high and forget the rest of the world.


This duo should do for two guitars in the 2000's what Les Paul and Mary Ford did in the 1950's - make tremendous hits. But somehow they have managed to stay under the radar of even the most progressive 'cool jazz' stations and jazz record labels. It makes finding gems like this more difficult, but just shows that nothing good comes easy.