Dannie Richmond

Dannie became for Mingus the equivalent of Harry Carney for Duke Ellington's orchestra, an indispensable ingredient for Mingus's sound and an intimate friend of his Brian Priestley

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Charles Daniel Richmond (New York, 15 December 1931 – New York, 15 March 1988) was an American jazz drummer known for his collaborations with Charles Mingus.
Richmond was born in New York and began playing tenor saxophone at the age of thirteen.
His career took off when he began playing drums in his early twenties, beginning what would be a 21-year collaboration with Charles Mingus. “Dannie became for Mingus the equivalent of Harry Carney for Duke Ellington’s orchestra, an indispensable ingredient to Mingus’s sound and a close friend of his”.

The collaboration continued after Mingus’s death, when Richmond became the first musical director of Mingus’s group in 1980.
On 25 June 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Dannie Richmond among the hundreds of artists whose recordings were destroyed in the 2018 Universal Archives fire.