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R.I.P. Bassist, manager John Levy

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by mdcbass, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Jsn

    Jsn upright citizen

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Wow. An impressive and well-lived life. Thanks for sharing that.
  2. DrayMiles


    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Yes.. Thank you very much indeed.
  3. tkozal


    Feb 16, 2006
    New York City
    The NY Times has a nice long obit today
  4. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Here's just a little bit of info from wiki :
    he played bass for such renowned jazz musicians as Ben Webster, Errol Garner, Milt Jackson, and Billie Holiday. In 1949, he became the bassist in the original George Shearing Quintet, where he also acted as Shearing's road manager. In 1951, Levy opened John Levy Enterprises, Inc., becoming the first African-American personal manager in the pop or jazz music field. By the 1960s, Levy's client roster included Shearing, Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Joe Williams, Shirley Horn, and Ramsey Lewis.
    In 1997, Levy was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame, and in 2006 he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. He died, aged 99, in Altadena, California.

    RIP John

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