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John Levy Papers, ca. 1940s-2001

Collector:
Levy, John 1912-2012
Performer:
Adderley, Cannonball
Adderly, Nat 1931-
Horn, Shirley 1934-
Lincoln, Abbey 1930-
Mbulu, Letta
Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall
Creator:
Montgomery, Wes 1925-1968
Wilson, Nancy 1937-
Physical description:
23.6 cu. ft. : 24 boxes
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Professional papers
Collection descriptions
Articles
Audiotapes
Business records
Correspondence
Contracts
Financial records
Interviews
Itineraries
Photographs
Press releases
Schedules
Scrapbooks
Videotapes
Place:
United States
Date:
1940
2001
ca 1940s-2001
20th century
Notes:
Born in New Orleans, Levy worked for a while as a jazz bassist, and played with many jazz notables. Levy changed careers in the late 1940s, handling the business end of the careers of numerous performers, one of the first African Americans to fill this role. Among the people he managed were: Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Abbey Lincoln, Herbie Mann, Wes Montgomery, Joe WIlliams, and Nancy Wilson. He also managed the comedian Arsenio Hall.
Summary:
The collection documents Levy's short career as a musician, his longer career as a manager, and the careers of some of his clients. The client most well represented in the collection is Nancy Wilson, with recordings, photographs, correspondence, financial statements, and contracts included. Papers relating to other clients include business records such as ledgers, scheduling information, itineraries, and contracts; publicity materials such as articles, press kits, photographs, and videotapes; personal correspondence; photographs; oral history interiviews; scrapbook pages; recordings, some commercial and some non-commercial; and miscellany. The non-commercial recordings feature artists including Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderly, Abbey Lincoln, Wes Montgomery, Shirley Horn, Letta Mbulu, and others. Also included are some of Wes Montgomery's music manuscripts.
Cite as:
John Levy Papers, ca. 1940s-2001, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
African American musicians
Music
Music trade
Musicians
Jazz
Jazz musicians
Local number:
2011.3122 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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