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June 11, 1920 - September 26, 1984


Shelly Manne and His Men are featured on a 1962 TV broadcast of "Jazz Scene USA."


Conte Candoli, trumpet
Richie Kamuca, tenor sax
Russ Freeman, piano
Monte Budwig, bass
Shelly Manne, drums

Although he is now associated with West Coast jazz, Sheldon Manne grew up in New York City where he was he was encouraged to take up drums by his father and uncle who were both percussionists.

Manne developed his style during the late '30s playing in the clubs along 52nd Street.

He picked up his first professional job in 1940 as a member of the "Bobby Byrne Orchestra" and after building a solid reputation playing in the "Woody Herman Orchestra" would proceed to record with Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Shavers.

As bebop began to take over in the 1940s Shelly altered his style to match, while also enjoying the freedom and challenging complexity of membership in the Orchestra of Stan Kenton late in the decade.

After moving to a horse ranch on the outskirts of Los Angles in the early 1950s where he would become one of the original practitioners of the West Coast sound.

He appeared on two albums with Sonny Rollins and record as a leader extensively though the '50s and '60s.

In Los Angeles during the late '60s Shelly Manne opened a nightclub on North Cahuenga Boulevard called "Shelly's Manne-Hole" featuring his band and hosting many jazz greats during its years of operation but was forced to close in 1973.

In the years before his death in 1984 Shelly Manne appeared on recordings with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Zoot Sims, John Lewis, Joe Pass, and Herb Ellis.

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