About

City Light 7-Piece Band is led by Sam Levine on Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet with a four piece rhythm section; piano, bass, guitar & drums. The featured vocalists are Paula Chavis and Matt Belsante.

The ensemble draws heavily from the Great American Songbook which includes Swing, Latin, Jazz and Pop music that can be useful in many settings: Ballroom dancing, Cocktail/Dinner music, Play-Ons for Awards Shows, and Jazz Concerts.

The City Lights Trio usually has Sam with Keyboards and Double Bass and plays the same range of musical styles. The Trio can be perfect for more intimate gatherings or cocktail hours before larger events and the City Lights Duo could be Flute and Harp or Soprano Sax and Guitar.

Should you want something different, Sam can contract 3 to 6-pc Celtic Bands, Strolling New Orleans Jazz Bands, Classical Ensembles, String Quartets or Brass Quintets.

The City Of Light draws on all of the above to provide custom music for Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays and Memorial Services. It features Nashville’s finest string and brass players, as well as Vocalists when requested. Sam will meet with you and coordinate with the Organists of local Churches and Synagogues to make sure that the special music chosen supports the spoken word and then expresses what words cannot.

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Sam has been Nashville’s premier woodwind player for more than 30 years. Primarily a studio musician for the industry’s hottest acts, he tours with Lynda Carter and had lead City Lights Band for 25 years. Whether saxophone, flute or clarinet Sam is known for his expressive, melodic style. He is also a talented arranger, producer and artist with over 25 CD projects.

Sam has played with everyone from Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, Carrie Underwood, Henry Mancini, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman & The Neville Brothers, to name a few.

The City Lights Band can be anywhere from 2 to 12 players and then there are the “special” teams: Celtic Band, String Quartet, Brass Quintet, Strolling Dixieland, to name a few.

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Paula is one of Nashville’s most acclaimed jazz vocalist. She is also known for her Gospel, and Secular contemporary styles. Paula began singing in church as a child and turned professional while in college. Paula’s accomplishments include live performance, theatre, recording and the female vocalist for City Lights Band for 25 years.

Paula had performed with Charlie Daniels, Amy Grant, The Drifters & Larry Carlton, to name a few.

Her most recent released CD is “Special Requests”

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Matt is Nashville’s “Big Band” male vocalist, specializing in music from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé.

After graduating from college in 2007, Matt turned professional and has 3 recording projects released by Green Hill Productions. He has performed all across the United States and has been featured in several major advertising campaigns. Matt has been a featured male vocalist with City Lights Band for 10 years. Matt’s web site is mattbelsante.com