January 23, 1926|
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
July 31, 1963 (aged 37)|
Los Angeles, California
|Genres||Jazz, hard bop|
Counce was born in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to California in 1945. He began recording in 1946 with Lester Young, and in the 1950s in Los Angeles with musicians such as Shorty Rogers, Stan Kenton, Shelly Manne, Lyle Murphy, Teddy Charles, and Clifford Brown. Counce formed his quintet in 1956 featuring tenor saxophonist Harold Land, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, pianist Carl Perkins and drummer Frank Butler. Elmo Hope replaced Perkins after his death at age 29 in 1958. Gerald Wilson replaced Sheldon on some recordings. The four albums originally released on Contemporary Records were reissued in 2006 on a double CD by Gambit Spain.
Counce died in Los Angeles, California, of a heart attack. He was survived by his wife, Mildred Counce, daughter Celeste Counce, Grand-daughters Nina Richardson and Miko Nieves, and great-grand children Alina Richardson and Mila Richardson.
As a leader
- The Curtis Counce Group (Contemporary, 1956)
- You Get More Bounce with Curtis Counce! (Contemporary, 1957)
- Carl's Blues (Contemporary, 1957 )
- Sonority (Contemporary, 1956–58 )
- Exploring the Future (Dooto, 1958)
As a sideman
With Clifford Brown
- The Boss Man (Time, 1954)
- Best Coast Jazz (EmArcy, 1954)
- Clifford Brown All Stars (EmArcy, 1954 )
With Teddy Charles
With Buddy Collette
- Tanganyika (Dig, 1956)
With Maynard Ferguson
With Jimmy Giuffre
With Illinois Jacquet
With Stan Kenton
- Cuban Fire! (Capitol, 1956)
With Shelly Manne
- The West Coast Sound (Contemporary, 1953 )
With Shorty Rogers
- Shorty Rogers and His Giants (RCA Victor, 1953)
- Cool and Crazy (RCA Victor, 1953)
- Shorty Rogers Courts the Count (RCA Victor, 1954)
- Collaboration (RCA Victor, 1954) with André Previn
- The Swinging Mr. Rogers (Atlantic, 1955)
- Martians Stay Home (Atlantic, 1955 )
- Way Up There (Atlantic, 1955 
With Johnny Otis Show
- New Directions with Teddy Charles Quartet (Esquire, 1954)
- Tanganyika: Modern AfroAmerican Jazz with Buddy Collette and Chico Hamilton (DIG, 1954)
- Group Activity with Bob Cooper (Fresh Sound, 1954)
- The Complete 1954–1955 Kenton Presents Sessions with Claude Williamson Trio (Fresh Sound, 1955)
- Lyle Murphy and His Orchestra with Lyle Murphy (Contemporary, 1955)
- The Aladdin Sessions with Lester Young (Blue Note, 1975)
- Jazz Beginnings 1956–58 with John Williams (Fresh Sound, 2006)
- Liner notes from "You get more bounce with Curtis Counce" (Contemporary C7539).
- "Curtis Counce". Concord Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- Chell, Samuel (11 June 2007). "Curtis Counce/Jack Sheldon/Harold Land/Carl Perkins/Frank Butler Quintet: Complete Studio Recordings". All About Jazz. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- Otis, Johnny, Johnny Otis:The Capitol Years, COL CD 2773, Collectables Records, Narberth PA, 2000, liner notes
- Richard Morton & Brian Cook: The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD, London, Penguin, 2nd Edition, 1994 & 6th Edition, 2002