Harry Shields

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Harry Shields
BornNew Orleans
DiedJanuary 19, 1971(1971-01-19) (aged 71)
Associated actsOriginal Dixieland Jazz Band

Harry Shields (June 30, 1899 – January 19, 1971) was an early jazz clarinetist.

Harry Shields was born in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, the younger brother of noted clarinetist Larry Shields. Harry spent almost his whole career in New Orleans. He played with the bands of Norman Brownlee, Sharkey Bonano, Tom Brown, Johnny Wiggs, and others. Many fellow musicians regarded Harry as superior to his more famous brother, Larry.[1] Johnny Wiggs commented that Harry Shields was the only clarinetist he'd heard who could always play the right note without fail.


  1. ^ Rose (1987). I Remember Jazz. p. 177. Retrieved 2008-08-14.