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The Champ
(A Suite in Six Movements)"

Charlie Persip

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From "Charles Persip & the Jazz Statesmen"


Recorded in New York on April 2, 1960 for the album "Charles Persip and the Jazz Statesmen."

Charles Persip performs a very personalized version of Dizzy Gillespie's "The Champ (A Suite in Six Movements)."


Charles Persip, drums & leader
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Roland Alexander, tenor sax
Ron Carter, bass
Ronald Mathews, piano

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Charles Persip studied drumming in Newark with Al Germansky before going on to perform with Tad Dameron in 1953.

He first began to achieve fame a shot time later while playing in the bands of Dizzy Gillespie until 1958 when he joined Harry "Sweets" Edison's quintet.

In 1960 Persip formed his own group the "Jazz Statesmen" featuring Roland Alexander, Ron Carter, and Freddie Hubbard.

He also recorded as a side man with a number of prominent jazz musicians including Lee Morgan, Zoot Sims, Gil Evans, Don Ellis, Eric Dolphy, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and toured as drummer and conductor with Billy Eckstine from 1960 to 1973.

Interested in work as an educator, since 1974 Charlie Persip has been a drum instructor for Jazzmobile Inc., and later Associate Professor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

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