Manne, Shelly [Sheldon ]
- Gareth Dylan Smith
(b New York, NY, June 11, 1920; d Los Angeles, CA, Sept 26, 1984). American drummer. The son of the drummer Max Manne, he grew up a musician and worked in bands on transatlantic liners as a teenager. He took lessons from Billy Gladstone at Radio City Music Hall and worked with several dance and swing bands from the late 1930s, including Joe Marsala’s Big Band. He also worked in smaller bands with artists as varied as the Andrews Sisters, June Christy, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, and Charlie Ventura. Manne toured with Bob Astor’s band in 1941, then reached a wider audience from 1946 with Stan Kenton’s big band. From 1946 to 1952 his most notable collaborations were with Kenton, Woody Herman, and George Shearing.
In 1952 he moved to Los Angeles and helped to shape the West Coast jazz scene, especially through running his club, Shelly’s Manne-Hole, from ...