Folk Music Promoter
Harold Leventhal, 86, a folk music promoter who worked with Woody Guthrie and introduced Bob Dylan in his first major show at a concert hall, died Oct. 4 at New York University Medical Center. No cause of death was reported.
For 50 years, Mr. Leventhal was a champion of folk music. He presented a 21-year-old Dylan at Town Hall in New York on April 12, 1963. He also was the longtime producer of Thanksgiving folk concerts at Carnegie Hall that featured Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Mr. Leventhal won a Grammy in 1989 as a producer of the album "Folkways: A Vision Shared -- A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly."
He also produced several movies about the folk music world, including "Alice's Restaurant" in 1969, "Bound for Glory," the 1976 biography of Woody Guthrie, and "Wasn't That a Time!" in 1982. "Bound For Glory" received two Academy Awards, for music and cinematography.
Jack Lesberg, 85, a bassist who played with many of the jazz greats of the 1940s and '50s and had a distinguished career in symphonic orchestras, died Sept. 17 at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, N.J. He had Alzheimer's disease.
A Boston native, Mr. Lesberg played violin in area clubs before switching in the late 1930s to double bass. He was a survivor of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in 1942 in Boston, in which 492 people died.
Mr. Lesberg moved to New York in 1943 and played with such jazz legends as guitarist Eddie Condon, tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, clarinetist Benny Goodman, pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines and singers Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. He played with Louis Armstrong starting in the late 1940s and toured with Armstrong's All Stars in the mid-1950s.
Mr. Lesberg also performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 1945 to 1948, mostly under Leonard Bernstein's direction.