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Despite his early death, tenor saxophonist Chu Berry (1908-41) was a swing era giant, allied with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson and Cab Calloway. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from his brilliant recordings.

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Sun 6 Sep 2015 00:00

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  • Red Norvo

    Blues in Eb

    Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry. Performer: Bunny Berigan. Performer: Johnny Mince. Performer: Teddy Wilson. Performer: George van Eps. Performer: Artie Bernstein. Performer: Gene Krupa.
    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 5.
  • Roy Eldridge

    Swing is Here

    Performer: Gene Krupa. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry. Performer: Benny Goodman. Performer: Jess Stacy. Performer: Allan Reuss. Performer: Israel Crosby.
    • The Big Sound of Little Jazz.
    • Topaz.
    • 4.
  • Leon "Chu" Berry

    Stealin' Apples

    Performer: Dick Vance. Performer: Roy Eldridge. Performer: Joe Thomas. Performer: Fernando Arbello. Performer: Ed Cuffee. Performer: Buster Bailey. Performer: Scoops Carry. Performer: Elmer Williams. Performer: Fletcher Henderson. Performer: Bob Lessey. Performer: John Kirby. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 3.
  • Roy Eldridge

    Christopher Columbus

    Performer: Dick Vance. Performer: Joe Thomas. Performer: Fernando Arbello. Performer: Ed Cuffee. Performer: Elmer Williams. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry. Performer: Horace Henderson. Performer: Bob Lessey. Performer: Buster Bailey. Performer: Scoops Carry. Performer: John Kirby. Performer: Sid Catlett. Performer: Roy Eldridge. Performer: Joe Eldridge. Performer: Dave Young. Performer: Teddy Cole. Performer: Zutty Singleton.
    • The Big Sound of Little Jazz.
    • Topaz.
    • 5.
  • Leon "Chu" Berry

    Warmin' Up

    Performer: Roy Eldridge. Performer: Buster Bailey. Performer: Bob Lessey. Performer: Israel Crosby. Performer: Sid Catlett. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry.
    • BLOWING UP A BREEZE.
    • TOPAZ.
    • 4.
  • Roy Eldridge

    Blues In C Sharp Minor

    Performer: Teddy Wilson. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry. Performer: Buster Bailey. Performer: Israel Crosby. Performer: Roy Eldridge. Performer: Joe Eldridge. Performer: Dave Young. Performer: Teddy Cole. Performer: Zutty Singleton.
    • The Big Sound of Little Jazz.
    • Topaz.
    • 7.
  • Chu Berry

    Sittin' In

    Performer: Roy Eldridge. Performer: Clyde Hart. Performer: Danny Barker. Performer: Artie Shapiro. Performer: Sid Catlett. Performer: Chu Berry.
    • BLOWING UP A BREEZE.
    • TOPAZ.
    • 7.
  • Roy Eldridge

    Body And Soul

    Performer: Chu Berry. Performer: Clyde Hart. Performer: Danny Barker. Performer: Artie Shapiro. Performer: Sid Catlett. Performer: Roy Eldridge. Performer: Joe Eldridge. Performer: Dave Young. Performer: Teddy Cole. Performer: Zutty Singleton.
    • The Big Sound of Little Jazz.
    • Topaz.
    • 13.
  • Roy Eldridge

    Forty-Six West 52

    Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry. Performer: Danny Barker. Performer: Artie Shapiro. Performer: Sid Catlett. Performer: Roy Eldridge. Performer: Joe Eldridge. Performer: Dave Young. Performer: Teddy Cole. Performer: Zutty Singleton.
    • The Big Sound of Little Jazz.
    • Topaz.
    • 14.
  • Leon "Chu" Berry

    Hot Mallets

    Performer: Dizzy Gillespie. Performer: Milt Hinton. Performer: Cozy Cole. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 14.
  • Leon "Chu" Berry

    A Ghost of A Chance

    Performer: Mario Bauzá. Performer: Dizzy Gillespie. Performer: Tyree Glenn. Performer: Quentin Jackson. Performer: Lammar Wright. Performer: Keg Johnson. Performer: Jerry Blake. Performer: Hilton Jefferson. Performer: Andrew Brown. Performer: Walter Thomas. Performer: Benny Payne. Performer: Danny Barker. Performer: Milt Hinton. Performer: Cozy Cole. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 15.
  • Leon "Chu" Berry

    Lady Be Good

    Performer: Lester Young. Performer: Count Basie. Performer: Buck Clayton. Performer: Dicky Wells. Performer: Jo Jones. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 10.
  • Leon "Chu" Berry

    Sweethearts On Parade

    Performer: Lionel Hampton. Performer: Clyde Hart. Performer: Allan Reuss. Performer: Milt Hinton. Performer: Cozy Cole. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 11.
  • CAB CALLOWAY

    Special Delivery

    Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry. Performer: Jonah Jones. Performer: CAB CALLOWAY.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 17.
  • Leon "Chu" Berry

    Shufflin' at the Hollywood

    Performer: Lionel Hampton. Performer: Clyde Hart. Performer: Allan Reuss. Performer: Milt Hinton. Performer: Cozy Cole. Performer: Leon "Chu" Berry.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 12.
  • Chu Berry

    Monday at Minton's

    Performer: Hot Lips Page. Performer: Clyde Hart. Performer: Al Casey. Performer: Al Morgan. Performer: Harry Jaeger. Performer: Chu Berry.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 21.
  • Chu Berry and His Jazz Ensemble

    Blowing Up A Breeze

    Performer: Hot Lips Page. Performer: Clyde Hart. Performer: Al Casey. Performer: Al Morgan. Performer: Harry Jaeger. Performer: Chu Berry and His Jazz Ensemble.
    • Blowing Up a Breeze.
    • Topaz.
    • 19.

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