LEONARD BERNSTEIN: "Lonnie Levister is unmistabably gifted."
GARRY GIDDINS, Village Voice... "his vest-pocket opera BLUES IN THE SUBWAY is a resolute optimism particularly fine and funny with down home melisma and rhythmic kicks."
JAMES BALDWIN: "my brother is one of the most passionate and most important composers this century has ever produced. The celebrated (and essentially artificial) war between music known as classical and music known as jazz.
MILES DAVIS: "Lonie Levister is a bitch!"