Wahoo – Bennie Harris

The bebop classic you never knew you knew! This song is perhaps the most familiar contrafact of Perdido, but it most often appears as a shout chorus for Perdido itself. Our lead sheet reflects the first issued recording, from 1948 by Tadd Dameron.

Bennie Harris

April 23, 1919 – February 11, 1975

Composer and trumpeter "Little" Bennie Harris has often been overlooked, but he was quite an important figure in the early bebop scene. Several of his compositions have become standards, including Crazeology (also recorded with the titles Little Benny and Bud's Bubble) and Reets And I. Though he's not always credited, he also co-wrote Ornithology with Charlie Parker. Another of Bennie's songs is Wahoo, which is not always recognized as its own song but frequently played as a shout chorus for Juan Tizol's Perdido. Read more...

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