Charles Tolliver

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Charles Tolliver
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Charles Tolliver at The Town Hall in 2009.
Background information
Born (1942-03-06) March 6, 1942 (age 73)
Jacksonville, Florida, US
Origin New York City
Genres Jazz
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Strata-East

Charles Tolliver (born March 6, 1942) is an American jazz trumpeter and composer.


Tolliver was born in Jacksonville, Florida, where, as a child, he received his first trumpet as a gift from his grandmother. He attended Howard University in the early 1960s as a pharmacy student, when he decided to pursue music as a career and moved to New York City. He came to prominence in 1964, playing and recording on Jackie McLean's Blue Note albums. In 1971, Tolliver and Stanley Cowell founded Strata-East Records, one of the pioneer artist-owned jazz record labels. Tolliver himself released many albums and collaborations on Strata.[1] Following a long hiatus, he reemerged in the late 2000s, releasing two albums arranged for big band. With Love was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.[2]

He would later describe his experience: "There was so much going on with the music. Like with bebop, we had a long period of just salivating on. There were all these different idioms within a genre, the avant-garde and free music, bebop still, and of course the music of John Coltrane and Miles. It was just a hell of a period. And then there was also the political scene going on...."[3]


As leader[edit]

As a sideman[edit]

With Roy Ayers

With Gary Bartz

With Booker Ervin

With Andrew Hill

With Jackie McLean

With Max Roach

With Horace Silver

With McCoy Tyner


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ With Love review
  3. ^ Interview, Laurence Donohue-Greene, All About Jazz Online.

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