Dannie Richmond

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Dannie Richmond
Richmond at Half Moon Bay, California June 23, 1981
Richmond at Half Moon Bay, California
June 23, 1981
Background information
Birth nameCharles Daniel Richmond
Born(1931-12-15)December 15, 1931
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 16, 1988(1988-03-16) (aged 56)
Harlem, New York
GenresJazz, R&B, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, music director, bandleader
Years active1955–1988
LabelsImpulse!, Timeless, Landmark

Charles Daniel Richmond (December 15, 1931 – March 16, 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.


Richmond was born Charles Daniel Richmond on December 15, 1931, in New York City and grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina.[1][2] He started playing tenor saxophone at the age of thirteen, and went on to play R&B with the Paul Williams band[3] 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.[4] 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".[5]

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

He died of a heart attack in Harlem on March 16, 1988, at the age of 56.[1][6]


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 Bert Jansch

With John Jenkins

With Duke Jordan

With Jimmy Knepper

With Horace Parlan

With Herbie Nichols

With Sahib Shihab

With Zoot Sims

With Mal Waldron

With Bennie Wallace

  • Mystic Bridge (Enja, 1982)


  1. ^ a b "Dannie Richmond, 56, Drummer With Mingus". The New York Times. March 18, 1988. Archived from the original on January 25, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Although Richmond himself gave his birth year as 1935, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition, vol.3, p.411, states that Richmond's social security records confirm that he was born in 1931.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Dannie Richmond: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
  4. ^ Litweiler, John (1984). The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958. Da Capo. p. 26. ISBN 0-306-80377-1.
  5. ^ Priestley, Brian. Mingus – A Critical Biography. London: Paladin, 1982, p.86.
  6. ^ Smith, Gareth Dylan (2013). "Richmond, Dannie". Grove Music Online (8th ed.). Oxford University Press.

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