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April 30th Tribute to Charli Persip "The World's Most Perfect Drummer)
(Published: March 26, 2012)

In his September, 2010 article for Musicians Local 802 News, Todd Bryant Weeks referred to Charli Persip as "The World's Most Perfect Drummer" with good reason! "Persip's technical mastery of the instrument...has allowed him the luxury of appearing in a multiplicity of settings with some of the greatest names in jazz: Dizzy Gillespie, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Harry James, Billy Eckstine, Archie Shepp, Benny Golson and Art Farmer, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Eric Dolphy, Duke Ellington." Now an octogenarian, Charli has not only played with every major name in music, but has led SuperSound his own big band for over thirty years, is the author of How Not to Play Drums (published by Second Floor Music and distributed by Hal Leonard), and is an in demand drum teacher, and he's still going strong.

A tribute in honor of this legendary master drummer will be held at 7:30p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012 at Saint Peter's Church, corner of Lexington Avenue and 54th Street, New York, New York. Hosted by WBGO's Rob Crocker, invited guests include musicians Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Haynes, Anthony Nelson, and Kenny Washington; writers Amiri Baraka and Nat Hentoff; and Martin Mueller, Director of the New School jazz program.

Charli started his musical career in and around Newark, New Jersey. A chance meeting with trombonist Benny Green resulted in Charli going on the road with Dizzy Gillespie, and that was the beginning of his star touched occupational path. Among his most memorable experiences during his rich, long career was his time with the incomparable Duke Ellington, who he felt was an incredible role model. Persip's musical ability enabled him to defy stereotypical image of jazz drummers. At a recent presentation at the Jazz Museum in Harlem, drummer Kenny Washington said of him, "Persip was one of the black drummers that dispelled the idea that black drummers can't read music." During that presentation, Persip advised his audience about "...the importance of using your imagination to the fullest, and that listening is an art, not only as a drum accompanist but in life itself....And when dealing with an unruly audience, don't be belligerent, just let your artistry quiet them down."

As a jazz educator, he is said to be among the best. Since 1974, Charli Persip has been instructor of drums and music, for Jazzmobile Inc. - New York. He is currently a professor of jazz at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan, having worked there for almost two decades, and he has had a highly successful private practice for over thirty years. Charli Persip is also a popular attraction at drum clinics, and gives lecture-demonstrations at the nation's most prestigious schools, including Howard University, University of Massachusetts, Ohio State University, and North Texas State University. Just as Duke Ellington left a serious impression with Charli, he has had the same effect with his students. Jeremy Carlstedt, one of his former students wrote in his blog, "...I was lucky enough to study with Charli Persip and just like anything a legend shows you, you can replay the lesson over and over in your head and still learn from it."

For information about the tribute please contact either Pamela at 973-996-8342 or Silvia at (845) 565-2578.

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