Sunday, October 26, 2008

R.I.P.: Peter J. Levinson

Peter Levinson
(b: Jul. 1st,1934, Atlantic City/NJ;
d: Oct. 21, 2008, Malibu/CA)

The critic and jazz publicist Peter Levinson died at his home in Malibu, California, on October 21st at the age of 74. As a publicist he had worked with stars such as Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Jack Lemmon, Art Garfunkel, but also jazz musicians such as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, Mel Tormé, Ramsey Lewis, George Shearing, Chick Corea, Maynard Ferguson and Wynton Marsalis. He also wrote biographies of Harry James, Nelson Riddle and Tommy Dorsey. His Fred Astaire biography is to be published early next year.

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