Leo Wright

Alto Saxophone, flute, clarinet


Date of Birth:  December 14, 1933    Wichita Falls, TX


Date of Death:  January 4, 1991    Vienna, Austria


Place of Burial:  Friedhof Stammersdorf Zentral

                          Stammersdorfer Straße 244
                          Stammersdorf, Wien Stadt, Vienna, 1210 Austria


Has Marker:  Unknown


Grave Location:  Unknown

This cut features fellow Texan Richard Williams on trumpet.



I Pretend And Cry / Bops-A-Bops Love, Parlophone (GMSP 91)

Flamingo / Please Don’t Touch, Toledo (INT 112.507)


Blues Shout, Atlantic (SD 1358)

Suddenly the Blues, Atlantic (1393)

Flöte + Alt-Sax, AMIGA (8 55 056)

Modern Jazz Studio Nr. 4, AMIGA (8 55 215)

Soul Talk, Water (Water 146)

Are You Lonesome Tonight, Hansa (27 854 OT)

It’s All Wright – Plays 12 All-Time Hits, BASF (20 21375-7)

Hank Crawford / Leo Wright, The Soul Clinic Blues Shout, Collectables Jazz Classics (COL-CD-6281)


Kenny Burrell, Bluesin' Around, Columbia (FC 38507)

Gloria Coleman Quartet, Soul Sisters, Impulse (Impulse A-67)

Red Garland Featuring Leo Wright, I Left My Heart..., Savoy Jazz (SVY 17279)

Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Night In Tunisia, Laserlight Digital ‎(17 108)

Dizzy Gillespie, New Wave! / Dizzy On The French Riviera, Mercury (06007 5340342)

Dizzy Gillespie Quartet, At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall, Jazzline ‎(N 77037)

Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Copenhagen Concert, Steeple Chase (6024)

Lee Konitz / Pony Poindexter / Phil Woods / Leo Wright, Alto Summit, Prestige (PRST 7684)

Blue Mitchell , Step Lightly

Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter, Recorded At The Tenth German Jazz Festival In Frankfurt (Polydor (583 711)

Richard Williams, New Horn In Town, Candid (CCD79003)

Peace, Love & Fishing, Blue Note ‎(BNR0001)

Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe, Verve Records (V-8542)

Norman Granz Présente Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe Volume 4, Verve Records (3641)


Barkley, Roy (Ed.). The Handbook Of Texas Music. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2003.

Kahn, Ashley. The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2006.


Maggin, Donald L. Dizzy: The Life and Times Of John Birks Gillespie. New York: Harper Entertainment, 2005.

Oliphant, Dave. Texan Jazz. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.

_____. Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007.

Shipton, Alyn. Groovin' High: The Life of Dizzy Gillespie. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

"Leo Wright," Flophouse Magazine, December 18, 2013. http://flophousemagazine.com/tag/leo-wright/. Accessed Janaury 19, 2019.

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