Charlie Persip

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Charli Persip
Birth nameCharles Lawrence Persip
Born(1929-07-26)July 26, 1929
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedAugust 23, 2020(2020-08-23) (aged 91)
New York City
GenresR&B, jazz fusion, jazz
Years active1945–2010
Associated actsDizzy Gillespie
WebsiteCharlie Persip discography at Discogs

Charles Lawrence Persip (July 26, 1929[1] – August 23, 2020),[2] known as Charli Persip and formerly as Charlie Persip (he changed the spelling of his name to Charli in the early 1980s),[3] was an American jazz drummer.


Born in Morristown, New Jersey, United States,[1] and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Persip attended West Side High School, preferring it over Newark Arts High School because he wanted to join the former's football team.[4] He later studied drums with Al Germansky in Newark.[5] After playing with Tadd Dameron in 1953,[1] he gained recognition as a jazz drummer as he toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie's big and small bands between 1953 and 1958.[3] He then joined Harry "Sweets" Edison's quintet and later the Harry James Orchestra before forming his own group, the Jazz Statesmen, with Roland Alexander, Freddie Hubbard, and Ron Carter in 1960.[1] Around this time, Persip also recorded with other jazz musicians, including Lee Morgan, Melba Liston, Kenny Dorham, Zoot Sims, Red Garland, Gil Evans, Don Ellis, Eric Dolphy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gene Ammons and the singer Dinah Washington. Persip was also the drummer on the "Eternal Triangle" recording, Sonny Side Up (Verve, 1957), featuring Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt. From 1960 to 1973 he toured as a drummer and conductor with Billy Eckstine.[1]

Along with his performing activities, Persip earned a reputation as an educator. From 1974, he was an instructor of drums and music for Jazzmobile, Inc. in New York City.[1] As of 2008, he was an associate professor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan.

Persip led Supersound, his jazz big band that was started in the mid-1980s as Superband. Supersound's first album was recorded on the Stash label, and was titled Charli Persip and Superband. The group's second album, Superband II, and third album, No Dummies Allowed, were recorded on the Soul Note label. Their fourth album was Intrinsic Evolution.


Charli Persip died August 23, 2020 at Mount Sinai Morningside in New York City at the age of 91.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones (Roulette, 1960)
  • Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland Vol. 2 with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones (Roulette, 1961)
  • Charles Persip and the Jazz Statesmen (Bethlehem, 1961)
  • Drum Night at Birdland with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones (Roulette, 1974)
  • Charlie Persip and Gerry Lafurn's 17-Piece Superband (Stash, 1981)
  • In Case You Missed It (Soul Note, 1985)
  • No Dummies Allowed (Soul Note, 1989)
  • "Charli Persip & Supersound

Intrinsic Evolution" (2008 Charles Persip Productions & Cancrizans Booking & Management)

As sideman[edit]

With Ernestine Anderson

  • Moanin' Moanin' Moanin' (Mercury, 1960)
  • My Kinda Swing (Mercury, 1960)

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Cándido Camero

  • In Indigo (ABC-Paramount, 1958)
  • Latin Fire (ABC-Paramount, 1959)
  • Conga Soul (Roulette, 1962)

With Harry Edison

With Don Ellis

With Art Farmer

With Frank Foster

  • Bursting Out! (Denon, 1978)
  • Shiny Stockings (Denon, 1979)
  • Twelve Shades of Black (Leo, 1979)

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Red Garland

With Benny Golson

With Quincy Jones

With Rahsaan Roland Kirk

With Hank Mobley

With Lee Morgan

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Joe Newman

With Cecil Payne

  • Performing Charlie Parker Music (1961)
  • The Connection (1962)

With Jerome Richardson

With George Russell

With Sonny Stitt

With Randy Weston

With George Williams

  • Swing Classics in Hi-Fi (United Artists, 1959)
  • Put on Your Dancing Shoes (United Artists, 1960)

With others


  1. ^ a b c d e f Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1940. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b Chinen, Nate (2020-08-24). "Charli Persip, Virtuoso Drummer Who Cut a Swath Through Modern Jazz, Is Dead at 91". Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Charlie Persip: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Charli Persip". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  5. ^ "Al Germansky Recalls 25 Years as Drum Instructor" (JPG). Retrieved 2021-10-04.

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