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 51-74 of 74 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-74 of 74 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Berry, Chu," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103961.

Berry, Chu. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103961.

"Berry, Chu." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.

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

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