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Author: Eddie AlleyVernon AlleyWesley PeoplesLionel HamptonCount BasieAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Eddie Alley is a drummer, bandleader and the older brother of Vernon Alley, the world famous bass player. With saxophonist-pianist-bandleader Wesley Peoples, the Alley brothers played nightclubs in San Francisco. Vernon went to New York to play with Lionel Hampton and the Count Basie Orchestra. Eddie on the other hand, got married and worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He continued to play music  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Named Person: Eddie Alley
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Eddie Alley; Vernon Alley; Wesley Peoples; Lionel Hampton; Count Basie; Dizzie Gillespie; Ray Brown; Billie Holiday; Gene Kelly; Charles Mingus; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Alex Walsh; Jeff Friedman; Basya Petnick; Edie Alley & the Gentlemen of Rhythms.; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.; San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum. Legacy Oral History Program.; American Federation of Musicians. Local 6 (San Francisco, Calif.)
OCLC Number: 430384334
Notes: Forms part of the Legacy Oral History Program, San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum.
Description: Transcript : 1 volume (xxvii, 61 pages) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm Original Interviews : 2 audiocassettes
Contents: Early life --
A working musician --
Conversation, while listening to music.
Responsibility: Eddie Alley ; interviewer, Alex Walsh ; editors, Jeff Friedman and Basya Petnick.

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Eddie Alley is a drummer, bandleader and the older brother of Vernon Alley, the world famous bass player. With saxophonist-pianist-bandleader Wesley Peoples, the Alley brothers played nightclubs in San Francisco. Vernon went to New York to play with Lionel Hampton and the Count Basie Orchestra. Eddie on the other hand, got married and worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He continued to play music part-time and be a member of the Musicians Union. His home became an informal meeting place for many jazz musicians including Dizzie Gillespie, Ray Brown and Clark Terry. Alley also collaborated in shows featuring performers such as Billie Holiday, Gene Kelly, Charles Mingus and Sammy Davis Jr.

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