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Stan Levey - The Original Original
Stan Levey - The Original Original
Actor: Stan Levey
Director: Arthur Shelby Pritz
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
G     2004     1hr 53min

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 storytel...  more »


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Actor: Stan Levey
Director: Arthur Shelby Pritz
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz
Studio: StanArt Productions
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/14/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Stan the Man
Barry Roth | Michigan | 04/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I found this DVD a real eye opener to the life and times of Stan Levey. It is an amazing story how a young guy from Philly with no musical lessons goes to New York City and ends up playing drums with Dizzy and Charlie Parker. He's also played with Ben webster, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Stan Getz to name a few. This DVD dives deep into the birth of BeBop and the West coast Jazz scene of the 50's and 60's. Most of the story is actually told by Stan himself (he seems like a nice guy). A must have for any serious fan, a good basic primer for any beginner."
Bebop Master
B. Levey | Basalt, Co USA | 03/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What can I say I am biased for sure but My Old Man was something else, Period! I think DW accidentally put the wrong rating on this one as you are not hired by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker unless you are a 5 star ACT.

Robert Levey
Bebop lives
T. Fox | USA | 03/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Through watching this video, I gained more insight into the lives of the bebop era jazz musicians. Those musicians were so creative, tough, and resilient! More than just chords were altered during that time. I know my musical life has been enriched because of the efforts and talent of musicians like Stan Levey. This video is a fitting tribute to Stan, and many of those great musical innovators."
Stan the Man
Anthony Miceli | philadelphia, pa | 03/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"stan and his story are a very important part of jazz history.

this video is very well done and informative as well as entertaining. it's must for jazz fans and ESPECIALLY jazz drummers. stan is one of the true heavies and was right there when it was all happening.

you'll love this dvd.