[JPL] Peter J. Levinson passes

TomtheJazzman tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com
Wed Oct 22 15:56:55 EDT 2008

Really sad, Peter was a class individual and very good at his craft.  I 
remember talking with me many times about his books and at conventions.  
The industry has lost another giant.  ALOHA  T0m

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> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:     Peter J. Levinson
> Date:     Wed, 22 Oct 2008 12:04:24 -0700
> From:     Levinson Communications <LevinsonComm at aol.com>
> To:     <LevinsonComm at aol.com>
> Dear friends:
> It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of veteran music 
> public relations executive Peter J. Levinson, considered by many in 
> the music business to be the preeminent authority on jazz and 
> affiliated music. In recent years he had also become one of the 
> industry's most prominent biographers of major figures in the musical 
> field. Peter succumbed early October 21 of head injuries due to a fall 
> in his Malibu home. He was 74 years old.  For nearly two years he 
> suffered from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) which had eventually robbed 
> him of his ability to speak. Despite that, with the help of a talking 
> computer, he worked tirelessly for the industry until the day he died.
> Funeral services will be private, with a musical memorial and 
> celebration of his life to be set later this year. In lieu of flowers, 
> the family asks that gifts be directed to the University of Virginia. 
> Checks should be made payable to the University of Virginia and sent 
> to Cecelia Baber, Director of Gift Accounting, Office of Development 
> and Public Affairs, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400807, 
> Charlottesville, VA 22901-4807.
> Please note on the check that the gift is in memory of Peter Levinson.
> Gifts may be made on-line at 
> www.virginia.edu/supportuva/giveCC_step1.php 
> <http://www.virginia.edu/supportuva/giveCC_step1.php>.
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