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Stan Levey

Stan Levey, one of the strongest drummers of his generation, was born in Philadelphia in 1926. As a youngster, he showed promise as a boxer, and considered it briefly as a career, but music won out. He played in Philly with Dizzy Gillespie's group in 1942, at the tender age of 17. Soon after, he went to New York, where he and Dizzy worked on 52nd Street with Charlie Parker and Oscar Pettiford. He went on to play on over 1400 recordings and work with most of the big names in the music business at that time. For example: (this is the short list)

Instrumentalists: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Errol Garner, Miles Davis, George Shearing, Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Zoot Simms, Stan Getz, John Lewis, Ray Brown, Sonny Stitt, Barney Bigard, Gerry Mulligan, Vince Guaraldi, Lee Konitz, Bud Shank, Charlie Ventura, Scott LaFaro, Victor Feldman, Art Pepper, Charlie Barnett

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Jen de Ness Jen de Ness
vocalist
Thomas Steffen Thomas Steffen
arranger
Suzanne Grzanna Suzanne Grzanna
sax, alto
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Leigh Pilzer Leigh Pilzer
sax, baritone
Kathy Sanborn Kathy Sanborn
composer/conductor
Hilary Kole Hilary Kole
vocalist
Karl Berger Karl Berger
band/orchestra
Ferit Odman Ferit Odman
drums
Chris Abelen Chris Abelen
trombone
Tommy Smith Tommy Smith
sax, tenor
Ryan Blotnick Ryan Blotnick
guitar
Dan Papirany Dan Papirany
piano
Ken Field Ken Field
sax, alto

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