Benny Harris

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Birthday
23, 1919
Birthplace
California
Death Date
May 11, 1975 (56)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
23, 1919
Birthplace
California
Death Date
May 11, 1975 (56)

About

Remembered for his work in the bebop jazz music genre, this self-taught trumpet player and songwriter collaborated with musicians such as Earl Hines, Benny Carter, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Before Fame

In his mid-teens, he began performing with the renowned jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.

Trivia

He wrote "Ornithology," a 1946 jazz standard that was popularized by saxophonist Charlie Parker.

Family Life

He grew up in New York City and later settled in San Francisco, California.

Associated With

His song "Reets and I" became a hit for bebop pianist Bud Powell.