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Beyond Central oral history transcript, 2002-2003 : Stanley Levey

Author: Stanley Levey; Alex Cline; University of California, Los Angeles. Oral History Program.
Publisher: [Los Angeles] : Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
Publication:Beyond Central Avenue. Oral History collection, Dept. of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
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The interview begins with Levey's childhood in Philadelphia; it continues to the beginnings of his career as a jazz drummer during the genesis of bebop in the forties, which took him to New York City as a teenager. The interview then follows his distinguished music career, including his move to Los Angeles during the fifties and his involvement in the jazz and studio scenes there until his retirement from playing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Named Person: Stanley Levey; Miles Davis; Dizzy Gillespie; Stan Kenton; Charlie Parker; Max Roach
Material Type: Biography, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Levey; Alex Cline; University of California, Los Angeles. Oral History Program.
OCLC Number: 65223629
Notes: Transcript of a 3.5-hour interview completed under the auspices of the UCLA Oral History Program.
Description: xiv, 181 leaves, bound : ports. ; 28 cm.
Responsibility: interviewed by Alex Cline.

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The interview begins with Levey's childhood in Philadelphia; it continues to the beginnings of his career as a jazz drummer during the genesis of bebop in the forties, which took him to New York City as a teenager. The interview then follows his distinguished music career, including his move to Los Angeles during the fifties and his involvement in the jazz and studio scenes there until his retirement from playing music in 1973. Major topics include the evolution of jazz music and jazz drumming; figures in jazz such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman and John Coltrane; East Coast versus West Coast jazz; the Lighthouse and the popularity of jazz in Los Angeles during the fifties and the challenges of maintaining a career in music.

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