Lawrence Leathers, Grammy-winning jazz drummer, found dead in the Bronx

Police say the 37-year-old Leathers was found Sunday in a stairwell outside the apartment he shared with 41-year-old Lisa Harris.


                            Lawrence Leathers, Grammy-winning jazz drummer, found dead in the Bronx

NEW YORK: Noted jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers has been found dead outside a Bronx apartment.

Police say the 37-year-old Leathers was found Sunday in a stairwell outside the apartment he shared with 41-year-old Lisa Harris.

Police say Leathers was involved in a physical dispute with Harris and a man. They say Harris punched him and the man, 28-year-old Sterling Aguilar, of Brooklyn, placed him in a chokehold.

Leathers was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both Harris and Aguilar were arrested Monday on assault charges. It wasn't clear if they had lawyers.

Leathers, a native of Lansing, Michigan, worked on two Grammy Award-winning albums by Cecile McLorin Salvant, who posted a link of Leathers playing on Instagram .

Drummer E.J. Strickland remembered Leathers on Instagram as "one of the most musical, swingingest, honest drummers out there."

Leathers was born November 23, 1981 in Lansing, Michigan, and took an interest in playing drums as a child. He attended classes at Michigan State University's School of Music and the Julliard School in New York.  While in New York, Leathers followed several jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Rodney Whitaker and Wynton Marsalis.

Marsalis served as a mentor and credited Lawrence Leathers for revitalizing swing music in New York, Brandon Leathers told USA Today.

Several musicians intend to participate in a memorial service for his brother, Brandon said. It's expected to be held later this month in New York.