Chu Berry

Leon “Chu” Berry was an American jazz tenor and saxophonist. He lived from October 13, 1908 to October 30, 1941. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. His tenor saxophone playing with Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Orchestra is his most well-known work. Berry was a former student of Sammy Stewart, Teddy Hill and Benny Carter before joining Calloway’s orchestra. Berry was influenced by Coleman Hawkins’ style, but Berry considered Berry his equal. The unofficial name for a series of C.G. saxophones is “Chu Berry”. Conn during the 1920s. Berry was a tenor model, but saxophone enthusiasts often refer to “Chu Berry”, alto, soprano and baritone models from the same era. Berry, who was injured in an automobile accident, died in Conneaut. Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.

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