Lou Levy (pianist)

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Lou Levy
Stan Getz & Lou Levy (Amsterdam, 1959)
Background information
Birth name Louis A. Levy
Born (1928-03-05)March 5, 1928
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Died January 23, 2001(2001-01-23) (aged 72)
Dana Point, California
United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano

Louis A. Levy (March 5, 1928 – January 23, 2001), generally known as Lou Levy, was a bebop-based pianist who worked with many top jazz artists, later coming to embrace the cool jazz medium and playing in that style as well (though never quite losing his Bud Powell influence).


Levy was born to Jewish parents in Chicago and started playing piano when he was twelve. His chief influences were Art Tatum and Bud Powell.

A professional at age nineteen, Levy played with Georgie Auld (1947 and later), Sarah Vaughan, Chubby Jackson (1947–1948), Boyd Raeburn, Woody Herman's Second Herd (1948–1950), Tommy Dorsey (1950) and Flip Phillips. Levy left music for a few years in the early fifties and then returned to gain a strong reputation as an accompanist to singers, working with Peggy Lee (1955–1973), Ella Fitzgerald (1957–1962), June Christy, Anita O'Day and Pinky Winters. Levy also played with Shorty Rogers, Stan Getz, Terry Gibbs, Benny Goodman, Supersax and most of the major West Coast players. Levy recorded as a leader for Nocturne (1954), RCA, Jubilee, Philips, Interplay (1977), and Verve.

Levy died of a heart attack in Dana Point, California at the age of 72.[1]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Jazz in Hollywood, 1954
  • A Most Musical Fella, 1956
  • Jazz in Four Colors, 1956
  • Solo Scene, 1956
  • Piano Playhouse, 1957
  • A Touch of Class, 1970s
  • "The Kid's Got Ears!" (1982)
  • Lunacy (1992)
  • Ya Know (1993)
  • By Myself (1995)

As sideman[edit]

With Dee Dee Bridgewater

With June Christy

With Art Farmer

With Ella Fitzgerald

With Peggy Lee

With Charles McPherson

With Sonny Stitt


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