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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: June 11, 1920 | Died: September 26, 1984

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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Music

Featured recording “The Best of Shelly Manne”

The Best of Shelly Manne

Concord Music Group
1998
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    Shelly Manne: Three Classic Albums Plus

    Avid Records
    2012
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    Empathy + A Simple Matter Of Conviction

    Discovery Records
    2012
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    The Best Of Shelly Manne

    Discovery Records
    2004
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    Yesterdays

    Fantasy Jazz
    2003
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    Li'l Abner

    Contemporary
    2003
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    Modern Jazz Performances of Songs From Li'l Abner

    Fantasy Jazz
    2003
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    Plays Checkmate

    Fantasy Jazz
    2002
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