Charles Thompson (jazz)

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"Sir" Charles Thompson
Birth name Charles Phillip Thompson
Born (1918-03-21) 21 March 1918 (age 97)
Origin Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Earl Bostic Coleman Hawkins

Charles Phillip Thompson (born Springfield, Ohio, 21 March 1918) is an American swing and bebop pianist, organist and arranger.

He was a professional pianist from the age of 10. By the age of twelve Thompson was playing private parties with Bennie Moten and his band in Colorado Springs. During this time Count Basie played off and on with Moten's band, and during a showing Basie called the young Thompson up to play. He was dubbed Sir Charles Thompson by Lester Young years later.

Thompson composed the jazz standard "Robbins' Nest".[1] He has chiefly worked with small groups, although he belonged to the Coleman Hawkins/Howard McGhee band in 1944-1945.[1] Throughout the 40s he played and recorded with Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis[2] and J.C. Heard, among others.

Today Thompson lives in California.


  • Takin' Off - Delmark Apollo Series
  • Robbins' Nest: Live at the Jazz Showcase - Delmark
  • I Got Rhythm: Live at the Jazz Showcase (with Eric Schneider) - Delmark
  • Sir Charles Thompson and Coleman Hawkins: For the Ears - Vanguard
  • Sir Charles Thompson and the Swing Organ - Columbia 1959
  • Sir Charles: Rockin' Rhythm with Sir Charles at the Organ - Columbia 1961

With Paul Quinichette

With Harold Ashby and Paul Gonsalves


  1. ^ a b Ginell, Richard. "Sir Charles Thompson: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Carr, Ian (1991) (French) Miles Davis, p. 26. Editions Parenthèses. Retrieved 1 November 2013.