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Persip, Charli


Charli Persip
Drummer, Author


With a long drumming career for several big band and post-bop ensembles, has showcased his unrelenting swing and dramatic accenting strokes that signify his style. Mr. Persip’s first major professional gig was in 1953 with Tad Dameron’s band. He was put to work later that year in Dizzy’s United Nation Orchestra and continued with Dizzy until 1958. In the late fifties and early sixties he worked with many great large bands and influential smaller groups such as Dinah Washington, Lee Morgan, Gil Evans, Eric Dolphy, and Roland Kirk. He also led his own band called The Jazz Statesmen with Freddie Hubbard and Ron Carter, releasing an album in 1960 called The Jazz Statesmen. In the 1970s, Mr. Persip is the drum instructor for the Jazzmobile in New York and led his own band Supperband with trumpeter Gary LaFurn. Mr. Persip still leads his big band, now known as Supersound. He also continued supportive efforts in bands led by Archie Shepp, Roland Kirk, and Frank Foster. Mr. Persip is the author of How Not to Play the Drums.

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