Stan Levey, one of the strongest drummers of his generation,
was born in Philadelphia in 1925. 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)
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
Goodman, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Quincy Jones, Georgie Auld,
Charlie Ventura, Boyd Reaburn, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Skitch
Henderson "The Tonight Show Band"
Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Gary Crosby, Pat Boone,
Barbara Streisand, The Supremes, Vic Damone, Nancy Wilson, Nat King
Cole, Sarah Vaughn, etc. etc.
300 Motion Pictures under: Lalo Schiffren, Henry Mancini, Nelson
Riddle, Andre Previn, and many others.
Shows: Over 3000 TV shows, weekly episodes: Bat Man, Mission Impossible,
Mannix, Munsters, Addams Family, etc.
also made several albums with his own quintet, and an Album with
good friend Max Roach entitled "Drumming the Blues".
Levey retired from the Music Business in 1973. His last musical
job was composing and conducting five movies for the Disney Corp.
(Philip Abbot Director and producer.) These were educational films,
one hour each.
played with all his heroes and he was satisfied when he stopped
long time hobby of photography became his new way of making a living
and like everything he touched, he did well. He currently lives
in southern California, where he runs a successful photography business.
He still trains everyday. As he puts it, "I still do my roadwork."