Chu Berry and his Stompy Stevedores
This record was made in New York City on September 10, 1937 by Chu Berry’s “Stompy Stevedores” with Irving Randolph, trumpet; Keg Johnson, trombone; Chu Berry, tenor saxophone; Benny Payne, piano; Danny Barker, guitar; Milt Hinton, string bass; and Leroy Maxey, drums.
Wheeling, West Virginian native Leon “Chu” Berry a tenor saxophonist whose style was derived from the playing of Coleman Hawkins was in great demand as a sideman
during his all too brief career.
He’s feature on sessions under the names of various leaders including Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Spike Hughes, Mildred Bailey, and Lionel Hampton.
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