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Lou Levy Dies at 72

Lou Levy, the West Coast jazz pianist best known as an accompanist to leading jazz singers, died on January 23rd after suffering a heart attack. He was 72.

Influenced by Fats Waller, Al Haig and Art Tatum, the Chicago-born Levy started on the piano at the age of 12. He wasn’t even out of his teens when he began playing professionally, appearing with artists like Sarah Vaughan, Georgie Auld, Chubby Jackson, and Flip Phillips and bands like the Boyd Raeburn Orchestra, Woody Herman’s Second Herd and Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra.

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