John Levy

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Birthday
11, 1912
Birthplace
Louisiana
DEATH DATE
Jan 20, 2012 (99)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
11, 1912
Birthplace
Louisiana
DEATH DATE
Jan 20, 2012 (99)

About

American jazz double-bassist who collaborated with some of the most important names in jazz, including Billie Holiday and Milt Jackson. He was also the first African-American manager in the world of jazz and pop, managing artists like Shirley Horn and Cannonball Adderley.

Before Fame

He was born in New Orleans and left for Chicago in 1944. He later moved to New York City, where his jazz career began to take off.

Trivia

He was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997 and was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006.

Family Life

He was survived by his wife, writer Devra Hall Levy.

Associated With

He was a member of pianist George Shearing's band, The George Shearing Quartet.