- Sam Miller
Henry, Ernie (03 September 1926–29 December 1957), jazz saxophonist, was born Ernest Albert Henry in Brooklyn, New York. His parents' names and occupations are not presently known, but his father played piano and his sister was a piano teacher and church organist. Henry studied piano at age eight, violin at age ten. At age twelve he picked up the alto saxophone, which was to be his primary instrument for the rest of his life. Brooklyn at the time was home to a number of young jazz musicians, including drummer Max Roach, baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne, and pianist Randy Weston. This community of young musicians helped foster Henry's development, and he would work with Payne throughout his professional career....