Sir Charles Thompson Discography 1960 - 1969



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Date: ca. 1960
Location: Columbia Studios, New York City

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; cl- Rudy Rutherford; ts- Percy France; p- Sir Charles Thompson; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Aaron Bell; d- J. C. Heard


Date: September 25, 1960
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

ldr- Ike Quebec; ts- Ike Quebec; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Milt Hinton; d- J.C. Heard


Date: December 13, 1960
Location: New York City

ldr- Booty (Mitchell) Wood; tb- Vic Dickenson, Dickie Wells, Booty (Mitchell) Wood; as- Johnny Hodges; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Aaron Bell; d- Oliver Jackson


Date: December 20, 1960
Location: Rudy Van Gelder, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Mousey Alexander


Date: January 5, 1961
Location: Columbia Studios, New York City

ldr- Paul Gonsalves; t- Ray Nance; ts- Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Paul Gonsalves; vn- Ray Nance; b- Aaron Bell; d- Jo Jones; v- Ray Nance

This recording was only published on the English Columbia label. It is quite rare and has Paul Gonsalves playing guitar and sounding much like Teddy Bunn.

Stanley Dance was in attendance at the session and recollected the following: "Jo Jones was furious at Bell and Gonsalves for arriving late to the session and retaliated by drumming louder and louder throughout the session. We would turn the volume down on him in the control room, but he would listen to the playbacks and go out and drum even louder, to the great discomfort of the other musicians in the small studio."


Date: January 8, 1961
Location: New York City

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Tiny Grimes, Joe Puma; b- Aaron Bell; d- J. C. Heard


Date: April 10, 1961
Location: New York City

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Emmett Berry, Buck Clayton; tb- Dickie Wells; cl- Earle Warren; as- Earle Warren; ts- Buddy Tate; cel- Sir Charles Thompson; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson

The group recorded this just before leaving on tour where the first date of the tour was in Milan on 4-13-61.


Date: April 14, 1961
Location: Essen Jazz Festival, Essen, Germany

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Emmett Berry, Buck Clayton; tb- Dickie Wells; cl- Earle Warren; as- Earle Warren; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson; v- Jimmy Witherspoon

Private tape from WDR radio broadcast.


Date: April 20, 1961
Location: Paris

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Unknown; d- Unknown


Date: April 22, 1961
Location: Olympia Theatre, Paris

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Emmett Berry, Buck Clayton; tb- Dickie Wells; as- Earle Warren; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson; v- Jimmy Witherspoon

Each of the two concerts on April 22-23 were in two parts. The first part was by the George Wein Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars; the second part was by the Buck Clayton All-Stars. The Buck Clayton concert on the 22nd was at 7:00-8:30 pm; his portion of the concert on the 23rd was from 2:00-3:30am! The LP issues of "Robbins' Nest" are edited by deleting a Clayton solo. "I Get A Kick Out Of You" is performed exclusively with Thompson and the rhythm section. "Swinging At The Copper Rail" is mistitled as "Swinging At The Camarillo" on all of the LP issues. There are probably 3-4 unissued tunes from the first concert.


Date: April 23, 1961
Location: Olympia Theatre, Paris

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Emmett Berry, Buck Clayton; tb- Dickie Wells; as- Earle Warren; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson; v- Jimmy Witherspoon

The LP issues contain the following edits: Berry's solo is deleted from "Moonglow;" Thompson's solo on "Swingin' The Blues" is deleted as are parts of Ramey's and Jackson's solo work. Clayton sits out on "Polka Dots And Moonbeams."


Date: ca. April 27, 1961
Location: Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Emmett Berry, Buck Clayton; tb- Dickie Wells; cl- Earle Warren; as- Earle Warren; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson; v- Emmett Berry

The recording date for this session is estimated, though probably accurate to within a few days.


Date: May 2, 1961
Location: Stadtcasino, Basel, Switzerl

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Emmett Berry, Buck Clayton; tb- Dickie Wells; as- Earle Warren; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson; v- Jimmy Witherspoon


Date: May 3, 1961
Location: Swiss Natl. Radio Studio, Basel, Switzerl

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; p- Sir Charles Thompson


Date: May 8, 1961
Location: Film, Brussels

ldr- Buck Clayton; a- Buck Clayton; t- Emmett Berry, Buck Clayton; cl- Earle Warren; as- Earle Warren; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson

The session, produced by Yannick Bruynoghe, was originally filmed for Jazz Films and then re-released in 1993 by Shanachie (54 minutes).


Date: May 9, 1961
Location: Film, Brussels

ldr- Buck Clayton; a- Buck Clayton; t- Emmett Berry, Buck Clayton; tb- Dickie Wells; as- Earle Warren; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson; v- Jimmy Witherspoon

The session date for "When I Been Drinking" and "Sophie" is assumed to be the 9th because there was no reference to Wells and Witherspoon performing on the 8th.


Date: May 15, 1961
Location: Studio Fagon, Paris

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton; p- Sir Charles Thompson; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Jean Bonal; b- Gene Ramey; d- Oliver Jackson

The session was recorded during the period May 15-16. The numbers appearing as matrix numbers in this session are not actually matrix, but are a code to show the actual sequence of the songs recorded during the session and the number of Takes. The first number is the sequence and the second number list the Takes. Vogue assigned matrix numbers to two of the songs, Passport To Paradise (8984) and Tangerine (8985) which suggests that these two were probably issued as 78's or 45's.


Date: September 15, 1961
Location: Rudy Van Gelder, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton; cl- Buddy Tate; ts- Buddy Tate; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Gus Johnson


Date: ca. October 1961
Location: Columbia Studios, New York City

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Skeeter (Clifton) Best, John Pizzarelli; b- Charles Wellesley; d- Oliver Jackson, Teo Macero


Date: February 5, 1962
Location: New York City

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Roy Eldridge, Ernie Royal; tb- Matthew Gee; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Leo Parker; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Kenny Burrell; b- Jimmy Rowser; d- Jimmy Crawford


Date: March 28, 1962
Location: New York City

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Roy Eldridge; as- Illinois Jacquet; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Charlie Davis; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Barry Galbraith; b- George Duvivier; d- Jo Jones


Date: April 2, 1962
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

ldr- Dodo Greene; ts- Ike Quebec; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Grant Green; b- Milt Hinton; d- Al Harewood; v- Dodo Greene


Date: April 17, 1962
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

ldr- Dodo Greene; ts- Ike Quebec; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Grant Green; b- Herbie Lewis; d- Billy Higgins; v- Dodo Greene


Date: May 5, 1962
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

ldr- Dexter Gordon; t- Tommy Turrentine; ts- Dexter Gordon; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Al Lucas; d- Willie Bobo

The tracks Six Bits Jones, McSplivens and How Now were recorded at the session but were rejected and the tapes were probably destroyed. Turrentine only plays on You Said It, although he may have also played on the rejected tracks.


Date: May 21, 1962
Location: New York City

ldr- Illinois Jacquet; t- Roy Eldridge; tb- Matthew Gee; as- Illinois Jacquet; ts- Illinois Jacquet; bar- Cecil Payne; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Kenny Burrell; b- George Duvivier; d- Jo Jones


Date: ca. 1963

ldr- Bobby Hackett; c- Bobby Hackett; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Benny Wheeler; d- Ed Polito

This session was recorded during the mid-60's (the recording date is estimated) at a club nearby Bobby Hackett's Cape Cod home.


Date: July 23, 1963
Location: Colonial Tavern, Toronto

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton; as- Earle Warren; f- Earle Warren; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Tommy Potter; d- Jackie Williams; v- Olive Brown

This material was taped originally for a Canadian radio broadcast.


Date: July 5, 1964
Location: Voice Of America

ldr- Newport Jazz Festival All-Star; t- Buck Clayton; tb- Al Grey; ts- Ben Webster; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Slam Stewart; d- Ben Riley

These three tracks (Take The "A" Train, Stardust and Perdido) were performed by the group, Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, in Freebody Park (Newport, RI) and broadcast over the Voice Of America radio network. Clayton and Grey play only on the final chord on Stardust.


Date: September 25, 1964
Location: Berlin

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Harry Edison; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Jimmy Woode; d- Jo Jones


Date: October 1, 1964
Location: Pleyel Jazz Festival, Paris

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Harry Edison; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Jimmy Woode; d- Jo Jones

Stella By Starlight is part of a medley with Lover Man and is not mentioned in the INA liner notes on both the LP and CD. It is performed with the trio of Thompson, Woode and Jones. Edison does not appear in the track "Lover Man".


Date: October 2, 1964
Location: Wembley Town Hall, London

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Harry Edison; ts- Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson; b- Jimmy Woode; d- Jo Jones

This session was video-recorded in London for the TV show, Jazz 625. A video cassette of this session (and 16 other Jazz 625 sessions) was released by Pearson New Entertainment (PNE) during the 1990's as PNV 1045. The group had played into the morning of October 2 at the concert in Paris, and then recorded this session later in the same day.


Date: October 3, 1964
Location: U.S.A. Jazz Festival, Stockholm

ldr- Coleman Hawkins; t- Harry Edison; ts- Coleman Hawkins; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Jimmy Woode; d- Jo Jones

All selections unissued; tape exists. The George Wein concert played for eight hours (and lost $10,000).


Date: January 27, 1967
Location: Condon's, New York City

ldr- Eddie Condon; t- Yank Lawson; tb- Cutty Cutshall; ss- Bob Wilber; p- Sir Charles Thompson; g- Eddie Condon; d- Cliff Leeman


Date: March 12, 1967
Location: Paris

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge; tb- Vic Dickenson; cl- Earle Warren; as- Earle Warren; ts- Bud Freeman, Budd Johnson; p- Earl Hines, Sir Charles Thompson; elo- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Bill Pemberton; d- Oliver Jackson

"Church House Blues" was issued by Fontana Records SFJL916 (title unknown). It is unknown to this discographer whether that track also appeared on the other Fontana recordings of Jazz From A Swinging Era.


Date: March 13, 1967
Location: Concert, Milan

t- Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge; tb- Vic Dickenson; as- Earle Warren; ts- Bud Freeman; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Bill Pemberton; d- Oliver Jackson


Date: March 17, 1967
Location: Tivoli Concerthall, Copenhagen

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge; tb- Vic Dickenson; cl- Earle Warren; as- Earle Warren; ts- Bud Freeman; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Bill Pemberton; d- Oliver Jackson

The only track from this session that appears on the Pumpkin "Trumpet Summit" issue is Swinging The Blues. All other tracks were recorded on private tape.

The privately taped performances seem to have been aired on Danish radio, as taped from an earlier performance before a live, concert audience.


Date: March 24, 1967
Location: Ronnie Scott's Club, London

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge; tb- Vic Dickenson; cl- Earle Warren; as- Earle Warren; ts- Bud Freeman, Budd Johnson; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Bill Pemberton; d- Oliver Jackson

There were two sessions on this date, both from Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. The two sessions were filmed by BBC, mc'd by Humphrey Lyttleton, and broadcast on the show "Something Special." The first program was aired on April 6, 1967 (upper case matrix numbers); the second program was aired on June 1, 1967 (lower case matrix numbers). The program also featured Earl Hines (not included in this discography).


Date: March 26, 1967
Location: Ronnie Scott's Club, London

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge; tb- Vic Dickenson; as- Earle Warren; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Bill Pemberton; d- Oliver Jackson

This was a privately taped session.


Date: April 2, 1967
Location: Concert, Vienna

t- Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge; tb- Vic Dickenson; as- Earle Warren; ts- Bud Freeman; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Bill Pemberton; d- Oliver Jackson

None of the performances from this session were issued on record. They were privately recorded and they were aired on radio and TV broadcasts.


Date: April 3, 1967
Location: Koncert Liederhalle, Stuttgart

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge; tb- Vic Dickenson; cl- Earle Warren; as- Earle Warren; ts- Bud Freeman; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Bill Pemberton; d- Oliver Jackson

Only four tracks from this session appear in the "Trumpet Summit" (Pumpkin 101) album: Into The Blues Bag, Buck's Blues, Body And Soul, Indiana. All other tracks are taken from a private recording. The session was recorded and broadcast on Suddeutscher Rundfunk "Treffpunck Jazz" radio.


Date: April 4, 1967
Location: Bavarian Radio, Munich

ldr- Buck Clayton; t- Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge; tb- Vic Dickenson; as- Earle Warren; ts- Bud Freeman; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Bill Pemberton; d- Oliver Jackson

The session was recorded and broadcast on the BBC from Bavarian Radio. Ian Carr was the BBC Radio presenter.


Date: April 28, 1967
Location: Radio DRS, Zurich

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; p- Sir Charles Thompson


Date: April 29, 1967
Location: Kantonsschule Baden, Baden, Switzerl

ldr- Don Byas, Sir Charles Thompson; ts- Don Byas; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Isla Eckinger; d- Peter Schmidlin

The listed performance times reflect the original performance. Performance times on the Storyville CD reflect the edits of that issue.


Date: May 20, 1967
Location: Antwerp Jazz Club, Antwerp, Belgiu

ldr- Stuff Smith; p- Sir Charles Thompson; vn- Stuff Smith; b- Hubert Venesoen; d- Gus Heynderickx

This privately taped session is mentioned in Anthony Barnett's "Desert Sands" - The Recordings of Stuff Smith.


Date: May 27, 1967
Location: Radio DRS, Zurich

ldr- Sir Charles Thompson; p- Sir Charles Thompson

This session comes from a taped, unissued program produced by Jorg Koran. The Unknown/Undocumented tracks in this session were part of a Basie medley. The details from this session were provided by Jorg Koran and Arild Wideroee and are gratefully acknowledged.


Date: October 30, 1967
Location: Fine Recording Studio, New York City

ldr- Jimmy Rushing; t- Buck Clayton; tb- Dickie Wells; ts- Julian Dash; p- Sir Charles Thompson; b- Gene Ramey; d- Jo Jones; v- Jimmy Rushing

These performances were recorded at a party from 9pm on October 30 to 3am on October 31, 1967.