Chu Berry

Leon Brown "Chu" Berry (September 13, 1908 – October 30, 1941) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist during the 1930s.

According to music critic Gary Giddins, musicians called him "Chu" either because he chewed on the mouthpiece of his saxophone or because he had a Fu Manchu mustache.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 13th, 1908 (Wheeling), Died October 30th, 1941 (Conneaut)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, saxophone, composer

Notes: Sometimes listed as Leon "Chu" Berry on Gramophone Company discs and as Leon Berry in Victor ledgers.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-99725 10-in. 2/28/1936 Christopher Columbus Don Darcy ; Louis King Garcia Swing Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-100015 10-in. 2/29/1936 Swing is here Gene Krupa's Swing Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-100058 10-in. 3/20/1936 Christopher Columbus Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-100360 10-in. 4/9/1936 I'm a fool for loving you Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-100361 10-in. 4/9/1936 Moonrise on the lowlands Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-100362 10-in. 4/9/1936 I'll always be in love with you Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-100363 10-in. 4/9/1936 Jangled nerves Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-101190 10-in. 4/8/1936 Christopher Columbus Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-0233 10-in. 8/21/1936 William Tell Tempo King ; Kings of Tempo ; Queenie Ada Rubin Jazz/dance band, with piano solo and male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-09775 10-in. 11/2/1937 Queen Isabella Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-035394 10-in. 4/3/1939 It don't mean a thing (If it ain't got that swing) Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-035703 10-in. 4/5/1939 Sweethearts on parade (A rolling rhythm) Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-035704 10-in. 4/5/1939 Shufflin' at the Hollywood Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-035705 10-in. 4/5/1939 Denison swing Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-035706 10-in. 4/5/1939 Wizzin' the wizz Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-036534 10-in. 4/26/1939 Downright disgusted blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-036535 10-in. 4/26/1939 Corrine Corrini (Where've you been so long) Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-036536 10-in. 4/26/1939 I'm a real kinda papa (Lookin' for a real kinda girl) Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-036537 10-in. 4/26/1939 Jumpy nerves Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-036538 10-in. 4/26/1939 Casey Jones (The brave engineer) Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-036539 10-in. 4/26/1939 Boogie woogie Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037614 10-in. 6/9/1939 If it's good (Then I want it) Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037615 10-in. 6/9/1939 Stand by! For further announcements (And more good news) Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037616 10-in. 6/9/1939 Ain't cha comin' home Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037617 10-in. 6/9/1939 Big wig in the wigwam Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037729 10-in. 6/19/1939 Royal Garden blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037730 10-in. 6/19/1939 Beale Street blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037731 10-in. 6/19/1939 In the barrel Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037732 10-in. 6/19/1939 Farewell blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037733 10-in. 6/19/1939 Fare thee, my baby, fare-thee-well Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-037734 10-in. 6/19/1939 Limehouse blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-041408 10-in. 9/11/1939 Hot mallets Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-041971 10-in. 9/6/1939 Blue Lou Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-041972 10-in. 9/6/1939 Sudan Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-041973 10-in. 9/6/1939 How long blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-041974 10-in. 9/6/1939 When the saints go marching in Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-041976 10-in. 9/6/1939 When my sugar walks down the street Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Columbia W152577 10-in. 11/24/1933 Do your duty Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Columbia W152578 10-in. 11/24/1933 Gimme a pigfoot Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Columbia W152579 10-in. 11/24/1933 Take me for a buggy ride Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Columbia W152580 10-in. 11/24/1933 I'm down in the dumps Buck and his Band ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Columbia W265156 10-in. 10/10/1933 Blue interlude Chocolate Dandies instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Columbia W265157 10-in. 10/3/1933 I never knew-1 Chocolate Dandies instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Columbia W265158 10-in. 10/10/1933 Once upon a time-1 Chocolate Dandies instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Columbia W265159 10-in. 10/3/1933 Krazy kapers Chocolate Dandies instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 64979 10-in. 2/3/1939 Cherokee, part 1 Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 64980 10-in. 2/3/1939 Cherokee, part 2 Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 64981 10-in. 2/3/1939 Blame it on my last affair Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 64983 10-in. 2/4/1939 Thursday-1 Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 64984 10-in. 2/4/1939 Evil blues-1 Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 64985 10-in. 2/4/1939 Oh, Lady be good-1 Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65420 10-in. 4/18/1939 New low down dirty sham Ollie Shepard and his Kentucky Boys instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65421 10-in. 4/18/1939 The numbers blues Ollie Shepard and his Kentucky Boys instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65422 10-in. 4/18/1939 Sweetest thing born Ollie Shepard and his Kentucky Boys instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65423 10-in. 4/18/1939 Shepard blues (Pig Latin blues) Ollie Shepard instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65424 10-in. 4/18/1939 Outdoors blues-1 Ollie Shepard instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65425 10-in. 4/18/1939 Sugar woman blues Ollie Shepard and his Kentucky Boys instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65426 10-in. 4/18/1939 Hell is so low down Ollie Shepard and his Kentucky Boys instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65427 10-in. 4/18/1939 My dripping blood blues Ollie Shepard and his Kentucky Boys instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65428 10-in. 4/18/1939 Blues 'bout my gal Ollie Shepard and his Kentucky Boys instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65433 10-in. 4/20/1939 Scat skunk Blue Lu Barker instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65434 10-in. 4/20/1939 Nix on those lush heads Blue Lu Barker instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65435 10-in. 4/20/1939 Buy me some juice Blue Lu Barker instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65436 10-in. 4/20/1939 Georgia grind Blue Lu Barker instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90601 10-in. 2/5/1936 Blue skies Roy Eldridge instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90602 10-in. 2/5/1936 Smut Roy Eldridge instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90603 10-in. 2/5/1936 My melancholy baby Roy Eldridge instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90604 10-in. 2/5/1936 Christopher Columbus Roy Eldridge instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90967 10-in. 10/27/1936 Love me or leave me alone Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90968 10-in. 10/27/1936 My hi-de-ho man Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90969 10-in. 10/27/1936 Brown gal Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90970 10-in. 10/27/1936 Doin' the Suzie-Q Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90971 10-in. 10/27/1936 Just for a thrill Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 90972 10-in. 10/27/1936 It's murder Lil Armstrong and her Swing Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Berry, Chu," accessed February 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103961.

Berry, Chu. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103961.

"Berry, Chu." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103961

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