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Stan Levey

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Stan Levey, one of the strongest drummers of his generation, was born in Philadelphia in 1926. As a youngster, he showed promise as a boxer, and considered it briefly as a career, but music won out. He played in Philly with Dizzy Gillespie's group in 1942, at the tender age of 17. Soon after, he went to New York, where he and Dizzy worked on 52nd Street with Charlie Parker and Oscar Pettiford. He went on to play on over 1400 recordings and work with most of the big names in the music business at that time. For example: (this is the short list) Instrumentalists: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Errol Garner, Miles Davis, George Shearing, Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Zoot Simms, Stan Getz, John Lewis, Ray Brown, Sonny Stitt, Barney Bigard, Gerry Mulligan, Vince Guaraldi, Lee Konitz, Bud Shank, Charlie Ventura, Scott LaFaro, Victor Feldman, Art Pepper, Charlie Barnett Big Bands: Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, Georgie Auld, Charlie Ventura, Boyd Reaburn, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Skitch Henderson "The Tonight Show Band" Singers: Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Gary Crosby, Pat Boone, Barbara Streisand, The Supremes, Vic Damone, Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, etc

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The Lost Tapes Of Berlin

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1 Cheek To Cheek 2 He's My Kind Of Boy 3 Cry Me A River 4 I Won't Dance 5 Someone To Watch Over Me 6 Jersey Bounce 7 Angel Eyes 8 Clap Hands, Here Come Charlie 9 Taking A Chance On Love 10 C'est Magnifique 11 Good Morning Heartache 12 Hallelujah, I Love Him So 13 Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Reprise) 14 Summertime 15 Mr. Paganini 16 Mack The Knife 17 Wee Baby Blues

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Article: Book Review

Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight

Read "Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight" reviewed by Chuck Koton


Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight Frank R. Hayde 224Pages ISBN: #13978-1-59580-086-2 Santa Monica Press 2016 When one thinks of Bebop, the names Bird and Dizzy along with Monk, Max and Bud immediately pop up. In the mind's eye, one can see those classic Herman Leonard jazz photos of these Cats ...

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Article: Book Review

Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight

Read "Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight Frank R. Hayde 224 Pages ISBN: #13-978-1-59580-086-2 Santa Monica Press 2016 During the course of Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight, Frank R. Hayde integrates Levey's personal perspective by frequently including excerpts of interviews released with the cooperation of the drummer's family. In a little over ...

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Article: Book Review

Drummer Stan Levey Improvised His Life with a Steady Beat

Read "Drummer Stan Levey Improvised His Life with a Steady Beat" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight Frank R. Hayde 224 Pages ISBN: # 13-978-1595800862 Santa Monica Press 2016 The word “Heavyweight" in the title of this fast-paced biography of the late great jazz drummer Stan Levey is not just a metaphor for his reputation as a musician. Levey, in addition ...

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Article: Album Review

Conte Candoli: Sincerely, Conte

Read "Sincerely, Conte" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


On the old Tonight Show (as in Carson, not Leno, much less Parr), I once remember “Conte Candoli unwinding a great solo on “King Porter Stomp." No surprise, I guess, for a guy who cut his teeth with the big bands of the late 1940s. But as he went into his second chorus, he quoted “Epistrophy," ...

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Article: Profile

Howard Rumsey: The Lighthouse All Star

Read "Howard Rumsey: The Lighthouse All Star" reviewed by Rex  Butters


Reprinted from August 2007. With the release of Ken Koenig's exhaustive, enlightening, and entertaining DVD history of a SoCal treasure, Jazz on the West Coast: The Lighthouse (RoseKing Productions, 2005), 89 year-old Howard Rumsey returns to the spotlight. Bassist, booker, and raconteur extraordinaire, Rumsey presented the best jazz shows in jny: Los Angeles ...

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Article: Interview

Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy

Read "Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


In the introduction to his book Jazz Matters (University Of California Press, 2010), David Ake writes about bringing “together the practical side of making jazz, the pedagogical side of teaching it, and the academic side of writing about it." (p. 12) “Nothing but good," Ake adds, “can come if we increase the numbers of scholars who ...

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Article: Book Review

The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis

Read "The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis Chris Smith 399 pages ISBN: #978-1-57441-574-2 University Of North Texas Press 2014 “Good drummers were a rarity and that's all there was to it. There's no ego problem involved, it's just there weren't ...

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Article: Big Band Report

After 15 Years, a "Caravan" Ends Its Journey

Read "After 15 Years, a "Caravan" Ends Its Journey" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For nearly fifteen years now, I've been writing two monthly columns here at All About Jazz: this one (Big Band Report) and Big Band Caravan. That is about to change. Starting next month, the two will be pared down to one inclusive column using as its title Big Band Report. So rather than searching the AAJ ...


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