NPR feature: The extraordinary career of a man who managed jazz musicians

John Levy. By Tom Pich / NEA

Jazz businessman John Levy died on Friday. His wife, Devra Hall Levy, announced the news on Saturday in a press release available on John Levy’s website, Lushlife. He was nearly 100 years old.

Levy was once a musician of some renown — he played bass with Billie Holiday, Stuff Smith, George Shearing and many others — but he’s primarily remembered for his advocacy. He was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2006 for representing dozens of musicians as a manager, and also produced concerts and recordings.

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One comment on “NPR feature: The extraordinary career of a man who managed jazz musicians

  1. Jana Wheeler

    May he rest in peace. He lived a full life. I had an uncle who lived that long. I admire any person who keeps activite to the end

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