Shelly Manne

Shelly Manne - drums (1920 - 1984)

As a jazz drummer, studio musician, bandleader and businessman, Shelly Manne was one of the most prolific instrumentalists of modern times. “I’ve really had the best of both worlds,” he said in 1983. “I’ve kept busy playing jazz, and between engagements I’ve had the studios to fall back on.”

The New York City-born musician was the son of Max Manne, a percussionist who pioneered the synchronization of sound with motion pictures and cartoons, and nephew of Morris Manne, who did sound effects for Popeye cartoons. Shelly was introduced to jazz as a youth and was greatly influenced by Jo Jones and Dave Tough. During the early 1940s, he subbed for Tough, who suffered from alcoholism and epilepsy, in both the Benny Goodman and Joe Marsala bands. In the ’50s, Manne played the role of Tough in two motion pictures: The Five Pennies and The Gene Krupa Story.

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Albums

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Empathy + A Simple...
Discovery Records
2012
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Shelly Manne: Three Classic Albums Plus
Shelly Manne: Three...
Avid Records
2012
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The Best Of Shelly...
Discovery Records
2004
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Modern Jazz Performances of Songs From Li'l Abner
Modern Jazz...
Fantasy Jazz
2003
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Li'l Abner
Li'l Abner
Contemporary
2003
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Yesterdays
Yesterdays
Fantasy Jazz
2003
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