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Leon ‘Chu’ Berry

Leon ‘Chu’ Berry was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on September 1908,

13, 1908. He was one of the greatest tenor saxophone players of the Swing Era.

He arrived in New York in 1930, and after few engagements, he worked with Benny Carter and Teddy Hill. In November 1935 he joined Fletcher Henderson, and in 1937 he moved to the Cab Calloway big band, where he was the shining star.

Along with important recordings with Henderson, Calloway,

Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday and Red Norvo, he led some great sessions with his Stompy Stevedores, for the Variety and Commodore labels.

His young life and promising carreer were abruptly truncated in a

car crash in october 1941.

News talen from:

JAZZ, The Rough Guide. 2nd Edition. by Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather and Brian Peestley, Published by Rough Guides Ltd..

Classic Che Berrt Columbia and Victor Sessions, Mosaic Records

CD Box set. Loren Schoenberg.