Dannie Richmond

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Dannie Richmond
Dannie Richmond.jpg
Richmond at Half Moon Bay, California
June 23, 1981, Photo: Brian McMillen
Background information
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

Dannie 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]

Charles Daniel 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] "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.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Charles Mingus[edit]

With George Adams and Don Pullen[edit]

With Pepper Adams

With Others[edit]

With Chet Baker

With Ted Curson

With Booker Ervin

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


  1. ^ Although Richmond himself gave his birth year as 1935, The New York Times obituary of Richmond states that he was born in 1931 http://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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