Ernie Henry

Ernie Henry

born on 3/9/1926 in Brooklyn, NY, United States

died on 29/12/1957 in New York City, NY, United States

Ernie Henry

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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.


  • Presenting Ernie Henry (Riverside, 1956)
  • Seven Standards and a Blues (Riverside, 1957)
  • Last Chorus (Riverside, 1957)
  • 2 Horns / 2 Rhythm (Riverside, 1957) with Kenny Dorham

As sideman

With Matthew Gee

  • Jazz by Gee (Riverside, 1956)

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Bluebird, 1937-1949 [1995]
  • Gene Norman Presents Dizzy Gillespie in Concert (GNP Crescendo, 1948)
  • Dizzy in Greece (Verve, 1957)
  • Birks' Works (Verve, 1957)
  • Dizzy Gillespie at Newport (Verve, 1957)

With Thelonious Monk

  • Brilliant Corners (Riverside, 1957)

With James Moody

  • James Moody and his Modernists (Blue Note 1952)

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

List of jazz saxophonists


  • Scott Yanow, Ernie Henry at Allmusic
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