Stan Levey "The Original Original" DVD
From StanArt Productions comes a jazz DVD documentary about drummer and jazz bop pioneer Stan Levey and the history of jazz & bebop...



Bebop pioneer jazz drummer Stan Levey takes you on a musical journey from the birth of bebop, through the Big Band jazz era, to the "west coast, cool school" of modern jazz music.

Stan Levey, one of the premiere storytellers in Ken Burns' "Jazz" documentary, tells fascinating tales of his days with the famed Parker/Gillespie group on 52nd Street in New York and his being the driving force of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars. The commentaries are told along with music, film clips and photographs of many jazz greats captured by world famous photographers William Claxton and Herman Leonard, and include many never before seen photographs from Stan's own personal collection.

Also included are special appearances from Stan's friends and colleagues: Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Watts, Quincy Jones, Hank Jones, Bill Holman, Lee Konitz, Howard Rumsey, Terry Gibbs, Bill Henderson, Lalo Schifrin, and many more, including some very special observations from Charlie "Bird" Parker himself.


"Stan Levey was not only on the scene for the birth of bebop, he also played a significant roll in its delivery. 'Stan Levey The Original Original' is a fascinating inside look at a musician who was both a participant and an observer, whose briskly swinging skills as a drummer were matched by an insightful understanding of the jazz history-making surroundings of his youth." - Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times Jazz Columnist

"Stan Levey was one of Bebop's greatest drummers. On "The Original Original" Stan has a chance to tell his own story, which is unprecedented and fascinating. On this historically informative DVD we hear from insightful and articulate musicians like Miles Davis, Jim Keltner, Charlie Watts, Hank Jones, Charlie Parker, Quincy Jones, Terry Gibbs and others. Stan Levey's DVD is required viewing for all drummers and fans of jazz" - Steve Smith,


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