Leroy Harris

Le Roy Watts Harris Jr. (February 12, 1916, St. Louis - February 16, 2005, St. Louis) was an American jazz reedist. He was the son of Leroy Harris Sr., and his uncle was Arville Harris.

Harris played violin while young, then learned saxophone and clarinet. By age 13 he was playing with pianist Chick Finney. He relocated to Chicago around 1930, and played with Ray Nance from 1931 to 1936; following this he worked with Earl Hines from 1937 to 1943. He joined the United States Navy during World War II and played in a band from 1943 to 1944. After his discharge he played with Bill Doggett, Ben Thigpen, Tadd Dameron, Sarah Vaughan, Singleton Palmer, and Wynonie Harris, then played with Hines once more. In the early 1950s he led his own band at the Kit Kat club in New York. He resettled in St. Louis again in 1957 and played with Eddie Johnson from 1960 to 1971.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 12, 1916 (St. Louis), Died February 16, 2005

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-051525 10-in. 6/19/1940 Blue because of you Earl Hines Orchestra ; Leroy Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Victor PBS-061542 10-in. 8/20/1941 Straight to love Earl Hines Orchestra ; Leroy Harris Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  


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