Dannie Richmond

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Dannie Richmond
Dannie Richmond.jpg
Richmond at Half Moon Bay, California
June 23, 1981
Background information
Birth name Charles Daniel Richmond
Born (1931-12-15)December 15, 1931
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 15, 1988(1988-03-15) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz, R&B, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, music director, bandleader
Instruments Drums
Years active 1955–1988
Labels Impulse!, Timeless, Landmark
Associated acts Charles Mingus, Mingus Dynasty, Mark-Almond, Elton John, Joe Cocker

Charles Daniel Richmond (December 15, 1931 – March 15, 1988) was an American jazz drummer who is best known for his work with Charles Mingus. He also worked with Joe Cocker, Elton John and Mark-Almond.[1]

Richmond was born in New York City and started playing tenor saxophone at the age of thirteen; he went on to play R&B with the Paul Williams band[2] in 1955.

His career took off when he took up the drums, in his early twenties, through the formation of what was to be a 21-year association with Charles Mingus.[3] Mingus biographer Brian Priestley writes that "Dannie became Mingus's equivalent to Harry Carney in the Ellington band, an indispensable ingredient of 'the Mingus sound' and a close friend as well".[4]

That association continued after Mingus' death when Richmond became the first musical director of the group Mingus Dynasty in 1980.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Charles Mingus[edit]

With George Adams and Don Pullen[edit]

With Pepper Adams

With others[edit]

With Ray Anderson

With Chet Baker

With Ted Curson

With Booker Ervin

With Ricky Ford

With John Jenkins

With Duke Jordan

With Jimmy Knepper

With Herbie Nichols

With Mal Waldron

With Bert Jansch

With Mark-Almond

  • Mark-Almond II (1972)
  • Rising (1972)
  • 73 (1973)

With Sahib Shihab

With Zoot Sims

With Bennie Wallace

  • Mystic Bridge (Enja, 1982)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Although Richmond himself gave his birth year as 1935, The New York Times obituary of Richmond states that he was born in 1931 https://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/18/obituaries/dannie-richmond-56-drummer-with-mingus.html. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition, vol.3, p.411, states that Richmond's social security records confirm this.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Dannie Richmond: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  3. ^ Litweiler, John (1984). The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958. Da Capo. p. 26. ISBN 0-306-80377-1. 
  4. ^ Priestley, Brian. Mingus – A Critical Biography. London: Paladin, 1982, p.86.

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