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October 8, 2002 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Levy, the 90-year-old former bass player with George Shearing who has been managing artists since 1951, was standing before a crowd, preparing to say something about his life's work. He was in his musical prime during a revolution in jazz centered on New York's famed 52nd Street. Duke Ellington wanted him to join his orchestra, and Billie Holiday hired him for her comeback concert at Carnegie Hall in 1948.
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January 24, 2012 | Don Heckman
John Levy, an accomplished bassist who became the first African American personal manager in the jazz field, has died. He was 99. Levy, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, died in his sleep Friday at his Altadena home, said his wife, writer Devra Hall Levy. He had recently been treated for heart problems. During his long career as a personal manager, Levy guided a stellar array of jazz artists -- among them Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard, George Shearing, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson.
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January 24, 2012 | Don Heckman
John Levy, an accomplished bassist who became the first African American personal manager in the jazz field, has died. He was 99. Levy, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, died in his sleep Friday at his Altadena home, said his wife, writer Devra Hall Levy. He had recently been treated for heart problems. During his long career as a personal manager, Levy guided a stellar array of jazz artists -- among them Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard, George Shearing, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson.
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October 8, 2002 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Levy, the 90-year-old former bass player with George Shearing who has been managing artists since 1951, was standing before a crowd, preparing to say something about his life's work. He was in his musical prime during a revolution in jazz centered on New York's famed 52nd Street. Duke Ellington wanted him to join his orchestra, and Billie Holiday hired him for her comeback concert at Carnegie Hall in 1948.
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May 24, 1994
TriStar Pictures has named John S. Levy senior vice president of business affairs.
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March 31, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joe Williams, considered by many to be the finest jazz singer of his generation, died on a Las Vegas street after collapsing while apparently trying to walk home from a hospital. He was 80. Williams was found Monday afternoon a few blocks from his home after hospital personnel alerted police that he was missing. Williams' manager, John Levy, said the singer had been in the city's Sunrise Hospital for the last few days and was hospitalized earlier in Seattle because of breathing problems.
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April 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Grammy-winning jazz singer Nancy Wilson was hospitalized early Monday for treatment of a collapsed lung, a spokeswoman said. Wilson, 71, was expected to recover but will not be able to make a performance scheduled in Memphis, Tenn., next weekend, said Devra Levy, wife of Wilson's manager, John Levy. Wilson's lung was being reinflated at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree and she was in good spirits, Devra Levy said. She said she did not know the cause of the lung problem.
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May 22, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
MediaBay Inc., a seller of audio books and classic radio and TV shows whose shares have fallen 54% this year, fired 14 people, or 17% of its work force, as it tries to become profitable. The owner of Audio Book Club began making the cuts in November, Chief Financial Officer John Levy said. The total includes six managers and two consultants. MediaBay now employs 68 full-time workers. The Cedar Knolls, N.J.-based company said its first-quarter loss, excluding an income tax benefit, was $2.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2000
Harriett M. Wieder has been appointed senior consultant to the advisory committee for Laguna Hills-based Electropure Inc.'s new subsidiary, Micro Imaging Technology. Wieder was an Orange County supervisor for 16 years and served three times as chairwoman. She was a Department of Environmental Protection appointee to the National Safe Drinking Water Advisory Council, a member of the California Air Resources Board, and founder and chairwoman of the Southern California Water Committee. * John F.
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October 5, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
The seventh annual JazzTimes Convention, a gathering of 1,000 representatives of all parts of the jazz community, is being held for the first time in Los Angeles (earlier conventions took place in Washington, where the magazine is based, and New York), today through Saturday at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel. Following are some of the events: Wednesday--Performance by the Bud Shank Quartet and Buell Neidlinger's Thelonious, 10:30 a.m. Welcoming address by Steve Allen, 2 p.m.
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December 18, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
Celebrations ending in a zero tend to be momentous. When the zero is preceded by a large digit, the significance is accordingly multiplied. So it was last Monday when Joe Williams celebrated his 70th birthday. Determined to make this a night to remember, Williams' wife Jillean brought in the entire Count Basie Orchestra, with which he spent six crucial years of his career.
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