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Stan Levenson is a widely recognized public relations professional whose career in Dallas spans over 45 years.

After establishing Stan Levenson Associates in 1966, the firm was acquired by Bozell & Jacobs ten years later. Following a most successful tenure with B&J, Levenson & Hill was organized in 1984 with co-founders Barbara Levenson and Bill Hill responsible for advertising and marketing, while Stan Levenson directed strategic communications and PR. Twenty years later, the PR group merged with Brinker Communications, creating Levenson & Brinker Public Relations, which now operates interactively within the Levenson Group of companies.

While achieving a leadership role in the public relations profession, Mr. Levenson has dedicated several decades to community service, the arts and support for higher education.

A former chairman of the Greater Dallas Chamber's marketing committee, Mr. Levenson has directed numerous civic initiatives, including the Mayor’s Task Force on Marketing Southern Dallas; chairing the grand opening of the African-American Museum at Fair Park; serving on the boards of the Dallas Arboretum and the North Texas Commission, as well as participating as a member of the President's Advisory Council of the AT&T Center for the Performing Arts and the Legacy Council at the Sammons Center for the Performing Arts; also the Texas Trees and Thanks-Giving Foundations.

Throughout his career, Mr. Levenson has been active on advisory boards at the University of North Texas College of Music; the University of Texas at Dallas, School of Arts and Humanities; SMU’s Perkins School of Theology and for the past 25 years, Communication Studies at Southern Methodist University, where he also was an adjunct professor and taught PR Management.
In 2008, Levenson was selected to the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee by Chairman Roger Staubach and other board members. Currently, Mr. Levenson is a member of the board of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/ Center for Education and Tolerance, and serves as the Chairman of the Urban League of Greater Dallas.
In 1991, the Public Relations Society of America (North Texas Chapter) honored Mr. Levenson with its prestigious Teich Award, presented for distinguished community service. In 2005, Mr. Levenson was recognized with SMU’s first “Legendary Communicator Award.” Also, in 2005, he was honored with the A. Maceo Smith Community Service Award, presented by the African-American Museum Guild. Another highlight in his career was in 2007 when Mr. Levenson was honored as Dallas “Father of the Year.” In 2010, he was presented with the Texas-Israel Chamber’s “Bridge Builder” award, and in October, 2011, Mr. & Mrs. Levenson were inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame.
With his devoted wife and business partner Barbara, Stan Levenson takes great pride in being blessed with two gifted daughters, two successful sons-in-law and six grandsons, two of whom are college graduates.
Dallas, Texas
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Reception at Tulane for the Stan Levenson Jazz Collection

Over the summer of 2010, the music collections at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library (Tulane University) received a stunning donation of books, journals, sound recordings, and video recordings all about jazz. The collection, now known as the Stan Levenson Jazz Collection, makes 950 books, 23 journal titles, 760 VHS cassettes, 205 DVDs, 65 laser discs, over 2,500 CDs, and more than 3,000 LPs available to our students and faculty. As the sheer mass of materials might suggest, this is no ordinary collection. While the titles are almost all readily available from used book and music sellers at greater or lesser cost, the breadth of the collection makes this a tremendous boon to our patrons. A glance at the collection will reveal a wealth of material discussing the first whisperings of jazz at the turn of the twentieth century through all the stylistic developments over the next 100 years. The collection also has a remarkably international perspective and gives library users access to materials discussing jazz in the United States and Canada, as well as France, Russia, Germany, Japan, etc., etc., etc. While the periodicals will go a long way towards replacing our copies lost or damaged in Hurricane Katrina, there are still a few treasures new to our holdings, including some of the earliest issues of Mosaic Records and The Record Changer.

All 4,000 plus items came from one man pursuing his love of jazz for 60 years. Although a businessman by trade, Stan Levenson has lived a life of passionate interest and involvement in the jazz industry. In the 1950s and 60s, Stan worked in distribution for an assortment o record labels, including Prestige, Fantasy, World Pacific, London, Dot, Liberty, and ABC Paramount. Stan later added Motown, Kapp, and Pickwick to the roster of record labels for which he provided sales and promotional services. Since then, Stan and his wife, Barbara, co-founded the Levenson Group of Companies, based in Dallas, TX. Through this group, Stan brought his love of jazz to the office and worked with clients, including George Wein, for the Astrodome Kool Jazz Festivals and the Longhorn Jazz Festival and sponsored the North Texas Jazz Festival (produced by the University of North Texas).

We couldn't just accept this wonderful collection without sharing our thanks, so on March 25th we hosted a reception in honor of the collection and the man who made it possible. Special Collections was kind enough to allow us to set up a semester-long exhibition showcasing the collection in their display room, where we also hosted the reception. The display uses the dust jackets, mock-cds, LPs, and journals to display the time span, the various styles, and the wide geographical coverage of the collection. Art books, photography books, and poetry books from the collection are also on display. Catering from Chez Nous included the local culinary favorites Cajun shrimp balls and grilled spicy sweet shrimp, along with a selection of vegetarian friendly nibbles. The gypsy jazz repertoire on bass, guitar, and sitar, performed by the New Orleans Oneironauts, created a vibrant backdrop for the lively conversations among those attending the reception.

The reception was well-attended, the 25 family members who arrived with Stan not withstanding! Librarians from all corners of the library- reference, circulation, cataloging, and administration - attended, along with students and faculty, not just from the music department but also from anthropology, Asian studies, and few other areas. The library dean, Lance Query, and associate dean, Andy Corrigan, both paused to say a few warm words of thanks, before Stan stood up to express his joy at discovering just how much the materials from his collection are already being used by our students and faculty.

We are so delighted to have this collection here and are doing our best to fulfill Stan's wish to make his materials as widely available as possible. With a few exceptions of items going into our collection of rare materials, all materials are being integrated into the regular stacks. Once the shelving is installed in April, the LPs will be available for in-house use only, but books, CDs, and video recordings will all circulate out of the library. In accordance with our existing policies, only the books are available through interlibrary loan, but anybody is welcome to come on down to New Orleans to listen to some excellent vinyl! To see what's in the collection you can search our library catalog ( for the phrase "Stan Levenson Jazz Collection."

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