Personalities | Dannie Richmond | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
Dannie Richmond’s career is inextricably linked with that of Charles Mingus. He played saxophone and piano before taking up drums in 1956, working closely with Mingus until 1979. Richmond’s energetic, versatile style was also well-suited to jazz rock; he played with the UK band Mark-Almond (1970–73) and worked with Joe Cocker and Elton John. He co-founded Mingus Dynasty in 1979, and played with bassist Cameron Brown, saxophonist George Adams and pianist Don Pullen until his death.
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