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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)
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
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