Henderson Chambers

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Henderson Chambers
BornMay 1, 1908
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedOctober 19, 1967 (aged 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
InstrumentsTenor saxophone, tuba, trumpet

Henderson Chambers (May 1, 1908 – October 19, 1967)[1] was an American jazz trombonist.

Early life and education[edit]

Chambers was born in Alexandria, Louisiana.[1] He studied at Leland College and Morehouse College, then joined Neil Montgomery's band in 1931.[2]


Chambers played in Nashville with Doc Banks in 1932, then with Jack Jackson's Pullman Porters, Speed Webb, Zack Whyte, and Al Sears in Kentucky.[2] During his career, he played tenor saxophone, trumpet, and tuba.

After two years with Tiny Bradshaw in the middle of the 1930s, Chambers moved to New York City,[1] where he played with Chris Columbus at the Savoy Ballroom in 1939-40.[2] Following this he played with Louis Armstrong, an erngagement which lasted until 1943.[1] Later in the 1940s, he worked with Don Redman, Sy Oliver, Lucky Millinder, and Count Basie; in the 1950s he spent time with Cab Calloway, Doc Cheatham, Duke Ellington, and Mercer Ellington.[1] He also did work as a studio musician. After joining Ray Charles's band from 1961 to 1963, Chambers played with Basie again until 1966.[1]

Chambers finally played with Edgar Battle, shortly before his own death from a heart attack, in 1967 in New York City.[2]


As sideman[edit]

With Count Basie

With Buck Clayton

With others


  1. ^ a b c d e f Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 450. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b c d "Henderson Chambers | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved August 19, 2021.

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