Today we salute a person who did a lot of work but in a role that doesn’t get a lot of recognition. Personal managers play a vital role in building artists’ careers and John Levy was one of the most respected managers in the business. Let’s listen to some tracks by just a few of the many clients he’s represented during his 60-plus year career in management.
They All Laughed (on Lullaby Of Birdland an old Pickwick vinyl LP by George Shearing)
Teaneck (an instrumental track from Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley)
But Not For Me (on Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing)
If I Were You, Baby (on Ernie Andrews’ Jump For Joy)
Get Me To The Church On Time (Billy Taylor on My Fair Lady Loves Jazz)
Where Do You Start? (on Here’s To Life by Shirley Horn)
Matchmaker, Matchmaker (on Movin’ Wes by Wes Montgomery)
Love Song (on Sun Goddess by Ramsey Lewis)
Smack Dab In The Middle (on Presenting Joe Williams and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra)
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If you’d like to watch John Levy playing bass with the George Shearing Quintet circa 1950, click here.
(Note: The CD titles are linked to amazon.com for your convenience.)