A report on Charles Mingus and Chico Hamilton

Performance for the U.S. Bicentennial, New York City, July 4, 1976
Photo by Tom Marcello
Chico Hamilton appearing at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park, New York City, August 26, 2007
Mingus in 1976 playing the double bass

Hamilton started his career in a band with Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso before he had finished high school.

- Chico Hamilton

He toured with Louis Armstrong in 1943, and by early 1945 was recording in Los Angeles in a band led by Russell Jacquet, which also included Teddy Edwards, Maurice Simon, Bill Davis, and Chico Hamilton, and in May that year, in Hollywood, again with Teddy Edwards, in a band led by Howard McGhee.

- Charles Mingus
Performance for the U.S. Bicentennial, New York City, July 4, 1976
Photo by Tom Marcello

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Buddy Collette in 1985

Buddy Collette

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American jazz flutist, saxophonist, and clarinetist.

American jazz flutist, saxophonist, and clarinetist.

Buddy Collette in 1985

His memoir records a trip that he, Bill Douglass, and Charles Mingus made from Los Angeles to San Francisco in October 1942, after hearing that a Navy officer was recruiting musicians from the union there to serve in an all-black band that would be stationed at St. Mary’s.

In 1955, Buddy Collette became a founding member of the unusually instrumented chamber jazz quintet, led by percussionist Chico Hamilton.

Eric Dolphy

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American jazz alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flautist.

American jazz alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flautist.

Dolphy gained his big break when he was invited to join Chico Hamilton's quintet in 1958.

Charles Mingus had known Dolphy from growing up in Los Angeles, and the younger man joined Mingus' Jazz Workshop in 1960, shortly after arriving in New York.