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John Levy dies at 99; personal manager for jazz greats
John Levy dies at 99; personal manager for jazz greats

John Levy, an accomplished bassist who became the first African American personal manager in the jazz field, has died. He was 99. Levy, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, died in his sleep Friday at his Altadena home, said his wife, writer Devra Hall Levy. He had recently been treated for heart problems. During his long career as a personal manager, Levy guided a stellar array of jazz artists — among them Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Herbie Mann, Freddie Hubbard, George Shearing, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: John Levy obituary: The caption for a photo accompanying the obituary of jazz bassist John Levy in the Jan. 24 LATExtra...

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