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Shelly Manne Edit Profile

musician , composer , band leader , jazz club owner.

Shelly Manne, musician, band leader, composer, jazz club owner. Recipient pollwinner plaque Down Beat magazine, 1947-1951, 54, 56-60; poll winner Metronome magazine, 1949-1950, 52-53, 55-59; silver medal Playboy magazine, 1957-1962, special award All Stars All Star, 1959, 60; award international poll Melody Maker magazine, England, 1957-1959. Served with United States Coast Guard Reserve, 1942-1945.


Manne, Shelly was born on June 11, 1920 in New York City. Son of Max Harold and Anna (Cozlin) Manne.


Student in public schools, New York City.


Alto saxophonist, 1938, drummer, since 1939. Played on boats to Europe, 1939. With Bobby Byrne Band, 1939, Bob Astor Band, 1940, Jo Marsala Band, 1940, Raymond Scott Band, 1941, Will Bradley Band, 1941-1942, Les Brown Band, 1942.

Musician NBC, Columbia Broadcasting System Studios, 1945, 52d Street Jazz Clubs, 1945-1946, Stan Kenton Band, 1946-1947, 47-48, 49-52, Charlie Ventura, 1947, Jazz at Philharmonic and Woody Hermann Orchestra, 1948-1949. Free lance musician, Los Angeles, 1952-1955. Organized own band, 1955.

Recordings for Capitol Records from 1954. Owner The Manne-Hole, Hollywood, California, from 1960. Technical adviser motion picture Man with the Golden Arm.

Actor motion pictures I Want to Live, The Five Pennies, The Gene Krupa Story. Music scored movie The Proper Time. Guest star numerous television shows.

Composer score for television series Daktari, motion pictures Trial of Catonsville Nine, 1972, Trader Horn, 1973.


Served with United States Coast Guard Reserve, 1942-1945.


Married Florence Butterfield, August 26, 1943.

Max Harold Manne

Anna (Cozlin) Manne

Florence Butterfield