Late Night Journey

by Daphna Levy

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Daphna's album Late Night Journey features highly acclaimed tenor sax player Lew Tabackin. The album was recorded in Tel Aviv and NYC with an international band of musicians from the US, Israel and Europe. It contains original tunes alongside Daphna's unique arrangements of all-time-favorite standards, blending classic jazz with a modern approach and sound.


released May 6, 2016

Daphna Levy: lead vocal
Tony Pancella: piano
Assaf Hakimi: upright bass
Gasper Bertoncelj: drums
Lew Tabackin: tenor sax - tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12
Merton Cahm: tenor sax - track 3 and additional sax parts

Musical producer and arranger (all titles): Daphna Levy
Executive producer: Adi Orian
Artistic advisor: Nitzan Kremer

Sound design: David Luria
Recorded at:
The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio (NY, NY) by David Stoller
Tzolelet Studios (Tel Aviv) by Ishai Ben-Rafael

Mixed and edited by Ithamar Samuel Eshpar at Gil Feldman's Studio (Tel Aviv)
Mastered by Doug Sax with Sangwook "sunny" Nam at The Mastering Lab (Ojai, CA)

Profile photo: Peter Vit
Cover photo and design: Nathan Yakobovitch
Graphic Designer: Yuda Dery


Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.



Daphna Levy Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel

A natural storyteller, Daphna is a master of her own voice. Her vocal artistry ranges from dynamic and gutsy to bluesy and sultry. Improvisation is Daphna's second nature, and her sound is often described as reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan. She is also a songwriter and arranger.  
Daphna holds an MA degree in Far Eastern philosophy. Her music is guided by the freedom that meditation creates.
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Track Name: Jazzland

Lyrics & Music: Daphna Levy

Jazzland, you were always there to help it all come through

Your sounds have lured me and your sights did too

And got me where I’m going.

Jazz was new, it came from hardships with a vibe so true

On Southern fields where love and hatred grew

A moment’s peace not knowing.

We never even had to introduce ourselves

My people have had their share of it too

Yearning to be free, exiles like me

Will Dr. King’s dream ever come true?

Jazzland, you, in times of puzzlement would give a clue

Who would I be now if it weren’t for you

You lead me where I’m going.
Track Name: Jazz Band in Heaven
Jazz Band In Heaven
Lyrics & Music: Ken Morrison

If there’s a jazz band in heaven 

And I really hope there is 

A place where Bird can still be heard 

Tradin’ fours with Diz

Picture Bix and Miles and Satchmo 

Where the saints go marchin’ in

A trumpet trinity, that’s divinity 

That can wash away your sin. 

Mama bless my soul that’s Jelly Roll

Jammin’ with Cannonball

Nat King Cole and Philly Joe

With St. Peter and St. Paul
Sittin’ in with Prez and Monk and Trane 

Think of all the tunes they’d call

If there’s a jazz band in heaven, 

I bet Ella’s the belle of the ball. 

If there’s a jazz band in heaven

I'd love to hear them play 

To see Stan Getz call the sets 

With Dex and Wardell Gray 

Lordy be…I’m on bended knee 

And this is what I pray 

To jam with that jazz band in heaven 

That’d be one hell of a day.

If there’s a jazz band in heaven

Led by Benny, Count, and Duke 

Let me have a look 

Cause they wrote the book 

Like Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Let me pose one question to ya

Do you believe, my brother, do ya? 

If there’s a jazz band in heaven 

We’ll all shout “Hallelujah”
Track Name: Late Night Journey
Late Night Journey

Lyrics & Music: Daphna Levy

Late night journey is the spirit of a song

Always yearning for a way to carry on

I'll capture the moonlight

Orchestrate its beams within my soul.

Late night journey gives some meaning to it all.

I've seen the spirits, hazy melodies from afar

I've met my limits where the strangest notions are

Weaving bar to bar.

Late night  journey in a realm where truths unfold.

Look - I'm turning, and you're nowhere to behold.

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