Tal Henry was a prominent jazz musician throughout the 1920s-30s. He is known for his big band, the North Carolinians. Tal Henry was born in 1898 in Maysville, Georgia, and began learning the violin at an early age. In 1919, he joined his first Big Band, the Frank Hood Band. He became bandleader in 1924 and renamed them to the North Carolinians. They gained international recognition during the mid-1920s, and by the Great Depression, had earned enough of a repertoire to continue playing regularly at hotels and bars throughout New York.