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About Harlan Leonard And His Rockets
Harlan Leonard (Kansas City, Missouri, July 2, 1905 - November 10, 1983, Los Angeles, California) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist (alto, tenor and soprano), composer and bandleader.
His music is considered transitional between swing and bebop. A professional musician from the age of 17, he joined Benny Moten’s orchestra in 1923, where he led the reed section until 1931. In 1931, he and Thamon Hayes formed the Kansas City Skyrockets, which included trumpeter Ed Lewis, trombonist Vic Dickenson, and pianist Jesse Stone