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Charles Fambrough

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Charles Fambrough (August 25, 1950 – January 1, 2011[1]) was an American jazz bassist, composer and record producer[2] from Philadelphia.[3][4]

Fambrough was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers during the early 1980s.[5][6][7]

Suffering from kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension, he died in 2011 at the age of 60.[8]



As leader

Year Album Personnel Label
1991 The Proper Angle Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff Tain Watts CTI Records
1992 The Charmer Roy Hargrove, Kenny Garrett, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stephen Scott, Billy Drummond CTI
1993 Blues at Bradley’s Donald Harrison, Joe Ford, Steve Turre, Bill O'Connell, Bobby Broom, Ricky Sebastian, Steve Berrios CTI
1995 City Tribes Craig Handy, John Swana, Bill O'Connell, Ricky Sebsastian, Marlon Simon, Cafe, Dave Valentin Evidence
1994 Keeper of The Spirit John Swana, Ralph Bowen, Grover Washington Jr. AudioQuest Music[9]
1996 Impressions of Jazz Eric Mintel Jazz Lions
1997 Upright Citizen Grover Washington, Jr., Gerald Albright, George Duke, Alex Bugnon, Jon Lucien NuGroove
2002 Live at Zansibar Blue Bill O'Connell, Joe Ford, Sean Jones, Wilby Fletcher, Lenny White, Roland Guerrero Random Chance
2003 StoneJazz Mark Kramer, Lenny White, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Johns, Ralph Peterson, George Colligan LightYear

As sideman


With Kei Akagi

  • Mirror Puzzle (1994)[10]

With Art Blakey

With Craig Handy

With Wynton Marsalis

With Eric Mintel

  • Impressions of Jazz (Jazz Lions, 1996)

With Pharoah Sanders

With McCoy Tyner

With Roland Kirk


  1. ^ "Jassed.com". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.
  2. ^ Karl Stark, "Musician Refashions Career As A Producer He Helps Others Record Their Jazz", Philly.com, August 27, 1995.
  3. ^ "Charles Fambrough | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Charles Fambrough | jazzleadsheets.com by Second Floor Music". jazzleadsheets.com. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Jazz Messengers Alumni | Art Blakey". Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  6. ^ Johnson, David. "Late Art: Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers In The 1980s". Night Lights Classic Jazz - Indiana Public Media. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Charles Fambrough | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  8. ^ Mergner, Lee. "Jazz Bassist Charles Fambrough Dies". JazzTimes.
  9. ^ "Charles Fambrough - Keeper of the Spirit". Valley-entertainment.com. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "Kei Akagi - Mirror Puzzle". Valley-entertainment.com. Retrieved February 18, 2020.