‘Stolen from right out under me’: Musician seeks trumpet stolen at Tenderloin jazz club

Published 11:07 am PDT, Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dave Levy, a New York-based freelance horn player, was visiting San Francisco last week for a gig. Around 9 p.m. on July 26, he met up with some musician friends at the Black Cat jazz club in the Tenderloin to eat dinner. His trumpet was in its case, tucked safely under the bar — or so he thought.

Levy looked away for a moment — maybe to pay the bar tab or to talk to someone — and when he looked back, the instrument was gone.

“I was standing next to it the whole time,” said Levy. There were also security cameras at both exits of the club, but so far, descriptions of a suspect have been too generic to be conclusive.

Levy, who plays with big acts including Nora Jones, Deep Purple, Pharoahe Monch, St. Lucia, and Jaheim, was devastated to lose his custom instrument. Since the theft, he has returned to New York, but has filed a police report with the San Francisco Police Department and has tapped the Bay Area community via social media for help in scoping out flea markets and pawn shops.

“On 7/26 My Adams trumpet was stolen from right out under me,” Levy posted on Reddit. “I’ve seen bigger miracles happen and everyone who’s read this far is probably a savvy person. I’m trying to stay hopeful. Appreciate it if you can share this / spread the word especially locally.”

According to Levy, the police told him that a few months ago, someone recovered their $7,000 flute at a junk sale in the Mission, so he’s not giving up hope just yet.

For those who want to help in the search for Levy’s trumpet, he says it’s very distinctive-looking: a custom Adams model with an upturned bell traveling in a J. Landress/Gard black and brown leather triple case along with several Legends Brass mouthpieces. Hidden in its case, said Levy, it looked like luggage. He speculates that the thief might not have even known what they’d taken.

“Any logical person would feel my pain,” he said. “I’m a professional and I need my instrument.”

Madeline Wells is an SFGate editorial assistant. Email: madeline.wells@sfgate.com | Twitter: @madwells22

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