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Stan Levey


Stan Levey was truly a renaissance man. From modest beginnings, he became a drumming star on 52nd Street with Bird and Diz while still a teenager, went on to be a professional boxer, then to a guy in his 20s searching for answers to life and living, then to a return to music and a new life in Los Angeles. After this came a career as a professional photographer, and being a successful businessman who put both of his sons through med school. This is not only a renaissance man–this is a real man! Every time adversity reared its ugly head, Stan gave it a left hook, flattened it and went straight ahead. Our art form needs more people with the talent and courage that Stan Levey personified.

I worked with him for three years at the Lighthouse. He was a marvelous person and a hell of a musician. He was an all-around good guy. He came out of a hard world, being a boxer and some of the other adventures that he had been involved in. He was actually a big teddy bear–but don’t get him mad ’cause he’ll kill you, and he could. He was a marvelous musician and he was a very gentle guy.

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