John Levy, Jazz Master

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John Levy and Phil Moore, New York, NY

Ten years ago, musician-turned-manager John Levy was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. As a bassist he jammed, played and recorded with Ben Webster, George Shearing, Billie Holiday, Art Tatum and many other greats. But later, Levy took his love of jazz and applied it to the business side of music: he became the first African-American jazz artist manager.

Levy's work as a musician gave him an “insider’s” understanding of the music business, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko Files. (Produced in 2006)


WNYC Production Credits

Executive Producer: Sara Fishko
Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley
Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister
Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann