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Oral history interview with John Levy, 2009.

Creator: Levy, John, 1912-2012
Project: Apollo Theater oral history project
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Phys. Desc. :transcript: 117 p.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Musician, manager and writer.

Scope and Contents

Background and childhood: born 1912 in New Orleans, youth in Chicago; education: high school; career: bassist for Stuff Smith Trio and George Shearing Quintet, first show "Free Sounds" produced at Apollo in 1963, manager of George Shearing Quintet and Cannonball Adderley Quintet; discussion of book Men, Women, and Girl Singers; commentary on women, race and race relations; reminiscences of interactions with Apollo performers, underworld of music business.


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Copyright held by: The Trustees of Columbia University of the City of New York and the Apollo Theater, 2011. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.

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