NEA Jazz Master John Levy will celebrate his 98th birthday in April 2010. Strollin’: A Jazz Life Through John Levy’s Personal Lens is a high-quality soft-cover coffee table book of exquisite photos interspersed with John’s memories and vignettes that celebrate his long life in jazz. Click here for a sampling of a few of the 389 photos that fill the 272 11-inch x 8.5-inch pages.
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[Those who prefer mail order may click here to download an order form.]
People have been asking for a sequel to “Men, Women and Girl Singers,” but what to write? Originally titled At The Feet of a Jazz Master, this project began with a photo of John’s feet in a pair of red “All Star” sneakers made by Converse. Photographer Leroy Hamilton, perhaps inspired by his appreciation, or should I say reverence, of John’s career, eyeballed that shot while at a Nancy Wilson recording session. A few months later (January 2006), John and Devra went to New York for John’s induction into the NEA Jazz Master Fellowship and Leroy went with them to document jazz history. Four days and thousands of pictures later they headed back to Los Angeles and an idea was born.
Since that time this project has evolved from a lessons-and-legacy approach using only Hamilton’s professional photos of the NEA Jazz Masters events of 2006, to a more personal trip down memory lane, or more accurately, through personal photo albums spanning decades in jazz. Most of the pictures were shot by John, some by his wife and author, Devra Hall Levy, and a small smattering by professional photographers including a section featuring Hamilton’s NEA pictures.
In addition to the $25 download and $45 mail-order items, a special opportunity exists for the philanthropically-minded — the $1,500 Enduring Legacy package allows you to share John’s legacy with a school of your choice [read more about this special offer here].