Jazz Heavyweight follows the prolific and colorful life of Levey, from his childhood days in rough-and-tumble North Philadelphia as the son of a boxing promoter and manager with ties to the mob, to his first gig as a drummer for Dizzy Gillespie at the tender age of 16, through his meteoric rise as one of the most sought after sidemen in the world of bebop, to his membership in the Lighthouse All-Stars and his prominent role in the creation of West Coast Jazz.
Coinciding with his years anchoring the Lighthouse All-Stars, Levey recorded over two thousand tracks while doing session work with such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Barbra Streisand. Levey ended his music career as a prolific player on literally thousands of motion picture and television show soundtracks under the direction of such legendary composers as Lalo Schifrin, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, and Andre Previn.
Jazz aficionados will relish Jazz Heavyweight for its new, never-before-published information about such hugely influential musicians as Parker, Gillespie, and Davis, while jazz neophytes will find a fast-paced, colorful encapsulation of the entire history of modern jazz. Indeed, Jazz Heavyweight is essential reading for anyone seeking an up-close-and-personal look at jazz in the latter half of the twentieth century.
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About the Author
Charlie Watts is the legendary drummer for the Rolling Stones.
Table of Contents
Introduction Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones 7
Chapter 1 Natural Rhythm 9
Chapter 2 Toe Fight Racket 31
Chapter 3 Fifty-Second Street 39
Chapter 4 The Bird Flies in 51
Chapter 5 Bebop 59
Chapter 6 California 71
Chapter 7 Prison and Redemption 91
Chapter 8 Artistry in Rhythm 99
Chapter 9 Bird Lives! 111
Chapter 10 West Coast Cool 117
Chapter 11 The Big Time 131
Chapter 12 Hollywood Studios 143
Chapter 13 Life After Music 151
Recommended Listening 169