Benny Harris

"Little " Benny Harris ( born April 23, 1919 in New York City, † May 11 1975 in San Francisco ) was a trumpeter of modern jazz. He is considered an important secondary character of bebop.


In 1939, Harris started playing with Tiny Bradshaw, 1941 and 1943 in the orchestra of Earl Hines. He was a fixture on the 52nd Street of the early 1940s and participated in many jam sessions (eg in Minton 's Playhouse ), where he played with Benny Carter, John Kirby, Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, and Thelonious Monk. From 1944 to 1945, Benny Harris member of the Boyd Raeburn band. As a composer of Ornithology, Crazeology, Reets and I ( often played by Bud Powell) and Wahoo, which the piece is based Perdido, Harris did not play much from the mid-1940s. He was involved in this time of recordings of Don Byas, Charlie Parker and Clyde Hart. In 1949 he briefly played with Dizzy Gillespie's big band and joined in 1952 with Charlie Parker. He then moved to California and was no longer active as a musician.