A combination of Nick'S Original Compositions and swinging standards played by some of the best jazz cats in New York City As a young boy growing up in Saratov in the former Soviet Union, Nick Levinovsky was expected to become a classical pianist or orchestral conductor. His parents, both opera singers, started their son on the piano at age 6. Gifted though he was, Levinovsky nevertheless drifted through his musical training until one day when his father tuned their short-wave radio to the Voice of America and jazz entered Levinovsky's life for the first time. 'I was knocked out,' Levinovsky recalls about that day when he was just 13. He had never heard music so alive, music that spoke directly to him. 'Jazz turned my life upside down,' and from then on Levinovsky knew what he wanted to do, what he had to do -- be a jazzman.