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]

Dannie Richmond
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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 15, 1988(1988-03-15) (aged 56)
Harlem, New York
GenresJazz, R&B, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, music director, bandleader
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1955–1988
LabelsImpulse!, Timeless, Landmark
Associated actsCharles Mingus, Mingus Dynasty, Mark-Almond, Elton John, Joe Cocker

BiographyEdit

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.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Dannie Richmond among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[5]

DiscographyEdit

As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Charles MingusEdit

With George Adams and Don PullenEdit

With Pepper Adams

With othersEdit

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)

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  5. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.

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