Garage, which had a more soulful R&B-derived sound, was developed in the Paradise Garage nightclub in New York City and club Zanzibar in New Jersey, United States, during the early-to-mid 1980s.
There was much overlap between it and early house music, making it difficult to tell the two apart.
It predates the development of Chicago house, and according to All Music, is relatively closer to disco than other dance styles.
As Chicago house gained international popularity, New York's garage disco scene was distinguished from the "house" umbrella.
But was best known for his decade-long residency at the New York City nightclub Paradise Garage.
He developed a cult following who referred to his sets as "Saturday Mass".
Influential post-disco DJ François Kevorkian credits Levan with introducing the dub aesthetic into dance music.
Along with Kevorkian, Levan experimented with drum machines and synthesizers in his productions and live sets, ushering in an electronic, post-disco sound that presaged the ascendence of house music.
At the height of the disco boom in 1977, Levan was offered a residency at the Paradise Garage.
Although owner Michael Brody intended to create a downtown facsimile of Studio 54 catering to an upscale white gay clientele, Levan initially drew an improbable mix of streetwise blacks, Latinos, and punks.
Open only to a select membership and housed in an otherwise unadorned building on King Street in Greenwich Village, the club and Levan's DJing slowly entered the mainstream.
Levan became a prolific producer and mixer in the 1980s, with many of his efforts crossing over onto the national dance music charts.