Tony Campbell laughs as he tells one of many infamous stories about Baltimore-born jazz innovator Henry "Hank" Levy.
Levy had an eminent reputation, having churned out compositions since he was 12 for the likes of influential big band leaders Sal Salvador, Don Ellis and Stan Kenton. Despite lacking a college degree, Levy was brought in to take over the fledgling jazz studies program at Towson State College in 1968.
Yet it was only a few years later, in the early 1970s, that he was summoned to speak with the administration.
"Mr. Levy, we don't wish to be known as a jazz school," was the message, according to the version relayed to Campbell,...