Aaron Levinson (born July 2, 1963) is a Grammy award-winning producer, musician, composer and record label owner.[3] He has produced and released dozens of albums since starting his career with Inner City Records in 1981.[4]

Aaron Levinson
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresSoul music, Funk, Hip hop, Jazz, Salsa
Occupation(s)Record label owner, producer, musician, educator, engineer, writer, con man
Years active1997–present
LabelsBell Tower, EMI, Fania Records, Libertad, Rykodisc, Ropeadope Records, Spruce Hill Music

Early life


Levinson was born in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.



In 2003, Levinson co-composed and produced the score for the Cinemax documentary “How Do You Spell Murder?” directed by Oscar-winning directors Alan and Susan Raymond. His recent productions include Jeff Thomas' All Volunteer Army, El Malito and Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson.[5] Levinson is an ASCAP-affiliated songwriter and publisher and has an international co-publishing agreement with Evergreen Music for his musical compositions in 43 countries around the world.

Levinson is the owner of Range Recording Studios in Ardmore, Pennsylvania and served previously as president of Bell Tower Music. He was an adjunct faculty member at Temple University from 2010 to 2016. From 2014 until 2019, he was an appointed master lecturer at The University Of The Arts. He is a former governor of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.


  • Baby Loves Salsa, (Producer), 2008
  • Pulpo's Hot Bread, Pulpo, (Production Consultant), 2008
  • Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson, Jef Lee Johnson, (Producer), 2008
  • Resist Temptation, (Harmonious Wail, Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Liner Notes, Mixing, Producer), 2008
  • (R)evolucion, Jose Conde (Producer), 2007
  • The Harlem Experiment, The Harlem Experiment (Audio Production, Liner Notes, Mixing, Producer), 2007
  • 3, Zaperoko (Executive Producer, Mixing), 2006
  • Lost Classics of Salsa, Vol. 2, (Executive Producer, Reissue Producer), 2006
  • Mellow Hip-Hop Sessions, (Producer), 2006
  • Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival 04, (Producer), 2005
  • Across 110th Street, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, (Audio Production, Engineer, Executive Producer, Mastering, Mixing, Producer), 2004
  • All Night Long, Layo & Bushwacka!, (Producer), 2004
  • Lost Classics of Salsa, Vol. 1, (Executive Producer, Reissue Producer), 2003
  • Musica Universal, Truco & Zaperoko, (Executive Producer, Liner Notes), 2003
  • The Detroit Experiment, The Detroit Experiment, (Audio Production, Clapping, Producer), 2003
  • Worldwide 3, Gilles Peterson (Producer), 2003
  • Medicated Magic, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, (Liner Notes), 2002
  • Un Gran Dia en el Barrio, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, (Producer, Recording Director), 2002
  • Philadelphia Experiment, Philadelphia Experiment, (Handclapping, Mixing, Producer, Sound Effects), 2001
  • Al Santiago Presents Tambo, Tambo, (Liner Notes, Reissue Producer), 1998
  • Regalo del Ciego (Blindman's Gift), Son de Loma, (Reissue Producer), 1998
  • Roberto Clemente: Un Tributo Musical (Tribute in Song), (Executive Producer), 1998
  • Soneando Trombon, Jimmy Bosch, (Mixing, Producer), 1998
  • Tipiqueros, Bongo-Logic (Liner Notes, Reissue Producer), 1998
  • Live from Sour City, (Producer), 1997
  • The Vegan Zombie's Lament, (Harmonious Wail Mixing, Producer), 1997

Awards and honors

  • 2005 Grammy Winner: Salsa Album of the Year
  • 2004 Grammy Nominee: Salsa Album of the Year[6]
  • 2003 Grammy Nominee: Salsa Album of the Year
  • 2003 Billboard Award Winner: New Salsa Artist of the Year
  • 2001 Latin Grammy Award Nominee: Traditional Tropical Album


  1. ^ Spanish Harlem Orchestra website, "About", retrieved February 14, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Philadelphia Experiment", NPR, July 28, 2001, retrieved February 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Latin Roots: Choro with Aaron Levinson," NPR, October 17, 2013, retrieved February 14, 2014.
  4. ^ Aaron Levinson at AllMusic, retrieved February 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Saluting Lonnie Johnson, Original Guitar Hero". NPR. March 28, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  6. ^ Richardson, Derk (December 27, 2007). "The Spanish Harlem Orchestra heat up..." San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 17, 2010.