Ernie Henry

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Ernie Henry
Fats Navarro, Charlie Rouse, Ernie Henry, Tadd Dameron (Gottlieb 06541).jpg
Background information
Born(1926-09-03)September 3, 1926
DiedDecember 29, 1957(1957-12-29) (aged 31)
Years active1948–1957

Ernie Henry (September 3, 1926 – December 29, 1957) was an American jazz saxophonist.

Henry played in the late 1940s with Tadd Dameron (1947), Fats Navarro, Charlie Ventura, Max Roach, and Dizzy Gillespie (1948–49). From 1950 to 1952 he played in the band of Illinois Jacquet. After a few years in the shadows, he returned to play with Thelonious Monk (1956), Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Kenny Drew, Wynton Kelly, Wilbur Ware, Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones and Gillespie again (1956–57). He recorded three albums as a leader for the Riverside label shortly before his death at the end of 1957. He died of a heroin overdose, aged 31.


As sideman[edit]

With Matthew Gee

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Thelonious Monk

With James Moody

With Fats Navarro

  • Memorial Album (Blue Note 1951 later released on 12 inch LP in 1956 as The Fabulous Fats Navarro)
  • Memorial (Savoy 1955)

See also[edit]

List of jazz saxophonists