Shu, Eddie (originally, Shulman, Edward)

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Shu, Eddie (originally, Shulman, Edward)

Shu, Eddie (originally, Shulman, Edward ), jazz reed player, trumpeter, harmonica player, singer, composer; b. N.Y., Aug. 18, 1918; d. Tampa, Fla., July 4, 1986. He toured vaudeville circuits as a harmonica-playing ventriloquist. During service in U.S. Army (November 1942-November 1945), Shu played saxophone, clarinet, and trumpet in military bands. After his discharge, he worked with Tadd Dameron, George Shearing, Johnny Bothwell, Buddy Rich, and Les Elgart prior to a period in 1949 when he worked with Lionel Hampton. During the 1950s, Shu was with Charlie Barnet and Chubby Jackson before working in Gene Krupa’s Trio from 1954–58. Shu moved to Fla., led his own group, and worked as a solo act. He toured with the Louis Armstrong All-Stars, playing clarinet, in 1964 and 1965. He worked again with Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa in the 1960s. During the 1970s, Shu did active freelance work based in N.Y.C.


New Stars-New Sounds, Vol. 1 (1949); E. S. (1955).

—John Chilton , Who’s Who of Jazz/Lewis Porter