Sheldon Manne, 11 June 1920, New York City, New York, USA, d. 26 September 1984, Los Angeles, California, USA. After switching to drums from saxophone, Manne worked with a number of dance and swing bands of the late 30s and early 40s, including Joe Marsalas big band. He was also active in small groups in New York, accompanying Coleman Hawkins as well as some of the up-and-coming bebop artists. He first attracted widespread attention in 1946, the year he joined Stan Kenton. On and off, he was with Kenton until 1952, finding time in between stints to work in bands led by George Shearing, Woody Herman and others. From the early 50s, he was resident in Los Angeles, working in the studios by day and gradually becoming one of the most important musicians in the rising west coast school of jazz. In 1951, he had recorded with Shorty Rogers and become a member of the house band at Howard Rumseys Lighthouse Cafe at Hermosa Beach. During the next few years he took...
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