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 (Results 26-50 of 74 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 74 records)

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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