Leon "Chu" Berry

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Leon Brown Berry
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Leon "Chu" Berry (born September 13, 1908, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA - died October 30, 1941, Conneaut, Ohio, USA) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist from the swing era.

Throughout his brief career, Berry was in demand as a sideman for recording sessions under the names of various other jazz artists, including Spike Hughes (1933), Bessie Smith (1933), The Chocolate Dandies (1933), Mildred Bailey (1935–1938), Teddy Wilson (1935–1938), Billie Holiday (1938–1939), Wingy Manone (1938–1939) and Lionel Hampton (1939).

During the period 1934–1939, while saxophone pioneer Hawkins was playing in Europe, Berry was one of several younger tenor saxophonists, such as Budd Johnson, Ben Webster and Lester Young who vied for supremacy on their instrument. Berry's mastery of advanced harmony and his smoothly-flowing solos on uptempo tunes influenced such young innovators as Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The latter named his first son Leon in Chu's honor.

Berry was one of the jazz musicians who took part in jam sessions at Minton's Playhouse in New York City, which led to the development of bebop.
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Albums

RANK-5054 Leon "Chu" Berry - Giants Of Tenor Sax album art "Chu" Berry* & Coleman Hawkins "Chu" Berry* & Coleman Hawkins - Giants Of Tenor Sax(LP, Album, Mono) Top Rank International RANK-5054 Japan 1960 Sell This Version
XM-38-MSD Leon "Chu" Berry - The Great Swinging Tenor Saxophones album art Hawk* & Chu* Hawk* & Chu* - The Great Swinging Tenor Saxophones (Comp, Album) Mainstream Records XM-38-MSD Japan 1968 Sell This Version
SLC 512 (M) Leon "Chu" Berry - Unissued Recordings Of Big Tenors album art Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry*, Don Byas Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry*, Don Byas - Unissued Recordings Of Big Tenors(LP) London Records SLC 512 (M) Japan 1974 Sell This Version
ZET 738 Leon "Chu" Berry - Berry Story (1936 / 1939) album art Chu Berry* Featuring Gene Krupa, Wingy Manone, Lionel Hampton Chu Berry* Featuring Gene Krupa, Wingy Manone, Lionel Hampton - Berry Story (1936 / 1939)(CD) EPM Musique ZET 738 France 1990 Sell This Version
JA-K7 2043 Leon "Chu" Berry - Les Virtuoses Du Ténor Mainstream album art Leon "Chu" Berry Les Virtuoses Du Ténor Mainstream (Comp) Guilde Internationale Du Disque JA-K7 2043 France 1991 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

501 Leon "Chu" Berry - Get Lost album art Chu Berry* And Charlie Ventura Chu Berry* And Charlie Ventura - Get Lost(Shellac, 10") Sittin' In With 501 US 1948 Sell This Version
500 Leon "Chu" Berry - Dream Girl album art Charlie Ventura And Chu Berry* Charlie Ventura And Chu Berry* - Dream Girl(Shellac, 10") Sittin' In With 500 US 1948 Sell This Version
204 Leon "Chu" Berry - Sweethearts On Parade / Shufflin' At The Hollywood album art Chu Berry* With Lionel Hampton's Sextet* Chu Berry* With Lionel Hampton's Sextet* - Sweethearts On Parade / Shufflin' At The Hollywood (Single) Blue Ace Records 204 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

LPT-27 Leon "Chu" Berry - Great Tenor Sax Artists album art Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry*, Bud Freeman, Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster, Charlie Ventura Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry*, Bud Freeman, Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster, Charlie Ventura - Great Tenor Sax Artists(10", Comp) RCA Victor LPT-27 US 1951 Sell This Version
FL 20,024 Leon "Chu" Berry - Memorial Album album art Chu Berry* Memorial Album(10", Comp, Mono) Commodore FL 20,024 US 1952 Sell This Version
J-1218 Leon "Chu" Berry - Prez And Chu (Tops on Tenor) album art Lester Young And Chu Berry* Lester Young And Chu Berry* - Prez And Chu (Tops on Tenor)(LP, Comp, Mono) Jazztone (2) J-1218 US 1955 Sell This Version
S/6002 Leon "Chu" Berry - The Influence Of Five album art Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Chu Berry* Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Chu Berry* - The Influence Of Five (Comp) Mainstream Records S/6002 US 1965 Sell This Version
56038 Leon "Chu" Berry - Sittin' In album art Chu Berry* Sittin' In (Comp) Mainstream Records 56038 US 1965 Sell This Version
INT 40014 Leon "Chu" Berry - The Influence Of Five album art Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Chu Berry* Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Chu Berry* - The Influence Of Five(LP, Comp) Disques Vogue INT 40014 France 1966 Sell This Version
SD 2-307 Leon "Chu" Berry - The Tenor Sax: Lester Young, Chu Berry & Ben Webster album art Lester Young, Chu Berry* & Ben Webster Lester Young, Chu Berry* & Ben Webster - The Tenor Sax: Lester Young, Chu Berry & Ben Webster(2xLP, Comp) Atlantic SD 2-307 US 1973 Sell This Version
GXC 3146 Leon "Chu" Berry - The Big Sounds Of Coleman Hawkins & Chu Berry album art Hawk* & Chu* Hawk* & Chu* - The Big Sounds Of Coleman Hawkins & Chu Berry(LP, Comp, Mono) Commodore GXC 3146 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
TFD 5.005 Leon "Chu" Berry - Dentistry In Rhythm Fillin' Chu Gaps album art Chu Berry* With Fletcher Henderson And Wingy Manone Chu Berry* With Fletcher Henderson And Wingy Manone - Dentistry In Rhythm Fillin' Chu Gaps(LP, Comp, Mono) Two Flats Disc TFD 5.005 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
6.24293 AG Leon "Chu" Berry - A Giant Of The Tenor Sax album art Chu Berry* A Giant Of The Tenor Sax (Comp) Commodore 6.24293 AG Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Meritt # 12 Leon "Chu" Berry - Leon 'Chu' Berry album art Leon "Chu" Berry Leon 'Chu' Berry(LP, Comp, Ltd) Meritt Record Society Meritt # 12 US 1980 Sell This Version
Q-051 Leon "Chu" Berry - Tenor Triumvirate album art Coleman "Bean" Hawkins* & Lester "Prez" Young* & Leon "Chu" Berry Coleman "Bean" Hawkins* & Lester "Prez" Young* & Leon "Chu" Berry - Tenor Triumvirate(LP, Comp) Queen-disc Q-051 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
TFD 5.008, TFD 5008 Leon "Chu" Berry - Dentistry In Rhythm - Volume 2 - Fillin' The Chu Gaps album art Chu Berry* With Cab Calloway Chu Berry* With Cab Calloway - Dentistry In Rhythm - Volume 2 - Fillin' The Chu Gaps(LP, Comp, Mono) Two Flats Disc, Two Flats Disc TFD 5.008, TFD 5008 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
TFD5.009 Leon "Chu" Berry - Dentistry In Rhythm - Volume 3 - Fillin' The Chu Gaps  (1939-1940) album art Chu Berry* With Cab Calloway Chu Berry* With Cab Calloway - Dentistry In Rhythm - Volume 3 - Fillin' The Chu Gaps (1939-1940)(LP, Comp) Two Flats Disc TFD5.009 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
TFD 5.011 Leon "Chu" Berry - Dentistry In Rhythm - Volume 4 - Fillin' The Chu Gaps – Chu Berry With Cab Calloway 1941 / Mildred Bailey 1935 -38 album art Chu Berry* , Cab Calloway, Mildred Bailey Chu Berry* , Cab Calloway, Mildred Bailey - Dentistry In Rhythm - Volume 4 - Fillin' The Chu Gaps – Chu Berry With Cab Calloway 1941 / Mildred Bailey 1935 -38(LP, Comp, Mono) Two Flats Disc TFD 5.011 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
NL 89481 (2) Leon "Chu" Berry - The Indispensable Chu Berry album art Chu Berry* The Indispensable Chu Berry (Comp) RCA NL 89481 (2) France 1985 Sell This Version
8.24293 ZP Leon "Chu" Berry - A Giant Of The Tenor Sax 1938 And 1941 album art Chu Berry* A Giant Of The Tenor Sax 1938 And 1941(CD, Comp, Mono, RM) Commodore 8.24293 ZP Germany 1986 Sell This Version