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Devra Hall Levy's Biography

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Altadena
Apr 2009

My most recent books are "Men, Women, and Girl Singers" and "Strollin': A Jazz Life Through John Levy's Personal Lens" (a jazz biography and photo book, respectively). I also write profiles, features, book reviews, and liner notes for musical recordings. Earlier books include "The CD-ROM Revolution" and several computer-trade how-to books.

In 2001 I went back to school to study the craft of Creative Nonfiction. During the two-year course of studies I finished a narrative nonfiction manuscript about The Sixth Grade Project at a Southern California elementary school. Five months of observation reveal an exciting, boisterous world - sometime edgy with personal politics or troubling with misplaced energy, sometimes sublime with altruism, but always full of the passion of motivated teachers.

Currently, I am writing a biography of Luther Henderson. Once known as Duke Ellington's "classical arm," he was also Lena Horne's musical director and the man behind the music of many Broadway shows including  Ain't Misbehavin', Jelly's Last Jam, Purlie, and many more. "Seeking Harmony: The Life and Music of Luther Henderson" will be published by Scarecrow Press. 

Research for other projects, including a memoir and a book about military music and American culture, are simmering on the back burner.

I have an MFA in Creative Nonfiction (Goucher College, 2003), an MA in Education (1992), and was a curriculum consultant and lecturer at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. I was also on the faculty at Glendale Community College and a lecturer at UCLA. I lives in Altadena, CA with my husband, John Levy. 

 

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