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.”
Lawrence Lo Leathers @lopicz was one of the most musical, swingingest, honest drummers out here. Whenever I saw him play, I learned a great deal more about accompaniment, feel, & touch. Conversation with him was always a pleasure, as well. He always gave me a lot to think about. Also, one of the most supportive musicians out here on the scene. Nowadays, there are so many that are so quick to discredit, downplay, & disrespect their peers, youngbloods, & elders. Not Lawrence. Always positive, supportive, & loving. We need more real ones like this, y’all. ? Rest well, soldier. You are greatly missed by us all. —- #riplawrenceloleathers– #realonesonly #swingingest #drummerextraordinare