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John Levy

As our 10th Anniversary April Offer is ‘All about the Bass’ and April is Jazz Appreciation Month we thought we’d make today’s birthday tribute all about jazz bassist John Levy.

11 - John LevyLevy was born on this day in 1912 in New Orleans. There is little documented about his life before he left his family in 1944 and moved to New York, where he played bass for a number of renowned Jazz musicians such as Ben Webster, Erroll Garner Jazz Project, Milt Jackson, and legendary Billie Holiday. In 1949, he became the bassist in the original George Shearing Quintet, where he also acted as Shearing’s road manager.

In 1951, Levy opened John Levy Enterprises, Inc., becoming the first African-American personal manager in the pop or jazz music field. By the 1960s, Levy’s client roster included Shearing, Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Joe Williams, Shirley Horn, Jimmie Raye (soul singer), and Ramsey Lewis, to name but a few.

In 1997, Levy was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame, and in 2006 he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. He died, aged 99, in Altadena, California.

10th Anniversary Offers

10th Anniversary Offers As you know by now we’re doing a different offer each month for 10 months this year to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. These offers include products never before discounted and this month’s includes a product never before offered. 04 - bass clef cufflinksWe used to stock English pewter bass clef cufflinks until our maker in Devon stopped producing them. However, we couldn’t let April pass by without ensuring we had some cufflinks for you so we have found some lovely enamel bass clefs from a maker in Poole which we hope you’ll like. These are new to us and being sold straight off at the discounted price of £14.99. Check them out here.  Please note: as they are new to us we only have a small initial quantity with which to test the water, so to speak, so it will be a case of first come first served at the discounted price.