Dannie Richmond

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Dannie Richmond
Dannie Richmond.jpg
Richmond performing 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 United States
Died March 15, 1988(1988-03-15) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California United States
Genres Jazz, R&B, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, music director, bandleader
Instruments Drums, tenor saxophone
Years active 1955–1988
Labels Impulse! Records, Timeless Records, Landmark Records
Associated acts Charles Mingus, Mingus Dynasty, Mark-Almond, Elton John, Joe Cocker

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

Charles Daniel Richmond was born in New York City, New York, 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 Chet Baker[edit]

With Ted Curson[edit]

With Booker Ervin[edit]

With John Jenkins[edit]

With Duke Jordan[edit]

With Herbie Nichols[edit]

With Mal Waldron[edit]

With Bert Jansch[edit]

With Mark-Almond[edit]

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

With Sahib Shihab[edit]

With Zoot Sims[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 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. ^ Priestly, B. Mingus - A Critical Biography. London: Paladin, 1982, p.86.

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