Briggs, Pete, jazz tuba player, bassist; b. Charleston, S.C., c. 1904. He was a distant relative of Arthur Briggs. He toured with the Jim Jam Jazzers in the early 1920s, then worked with the Lucky Boy Minstrels (late 1923). He worked in Chicago with Carroll Dickerson (c. 1926), with Louis Armstrong’s Stompers at the Sunset Cafe (1927), also doubled with Jimmie Noone at the Apex Club (1927). Briggs took part in Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven recordings (1927). He was with Carroll Dickerson (1928), to N.Y. with Dickerson and Louis Armstrong (1929). He soon joined Edgar Hayes’ Orch. at the Alhambra, N.Y. (1929–30). During the 1930s worked for several years in N.Y. in Vernon Andrade’s Orch. He was with Herman Autrey’s Band in Philadelphia (1943–44). He left music to run his own farm.
—John Chilton, Who’s Who of Jazz/Lewis Porter