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Gentleman of rhythm
Walsh, Alex
Friedman, Jeff
Petnick, Basya
Alley, Eddie
Date Created and/or Issued
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Museum of Performance and Design, Performing Arts Library
California Revealed from Museum of Performance and Design
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Eddie Alley is a drummer, bandleader and the older brother of Vernon Alley, the world famous bass player. With saxophonist-pianist-bandleader Wesley Peoples, the Alley brothers played nightclubs in San Francisco. Vernon went to New York to play with Lionel Hampton and the Count Basie Orchestra. Eddie on the other hand, got married and worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He continued to play music part-time and be a member of the Musicians Union. His home became an informal meeting place for many jazz musicians including Dizzie Gillespie, Ray Brown and Clark Terry. Alley also collaborated in shows featuring performers such as Billie Holiday, Gene Kelly, Charles Mingus and Sammy Davis Jr.
Interview conducted for the Legacy Oral History Project.
California Preservation Service (CAPS)
Oral histories
csfpal_000044_t01; csfpal_000044_t02
Jazz musicians--California--San Francisco
Musicians--Labor unions
Drummers (Musicians)
African-American musicians--California--San Francisco
Alley, Eddie
Alley, Vernon
Peoples, Wesley
Hampton, Lionel
Basie, Count, 1924-
Gillespie, Dizzie, 1917-
Brown, Ray
Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959
Kelly, Gene, 1912-
Mingus, Charles, 1922-
Davis, Sammy, 1925-
Edie Alley and the Gentlemen of Rhythms
Museum of Performance and Design
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