Charles Tolliver

Charles Tolliver

born on 6/3/1942 in Jacksonville, FL, United States

Charles Tolliver

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Charles Tolliver

Charles Tolliver (born March 6, 1942) is an American jazz trumpeter and composer.


Tolliver was born in Jacksonville, Florida, where, as a child, he received his first trumpet as a gift from his grandmother. He attended Howard University in the early 1960s as a pharmacy student, when he decided to pursue music as a career and moved to New York City. He came to prominence in 1964, playing and recording on Jackie McLean's Blue Note albums. In 1971, Tolliver and Stanley Cowell founded Strata-East Records, one of the pioneer artist-owned jazz record labels. Tolliver himself released many albums and collaborations on Strata.[1] Following a long hiatus, he reemerged in the late 2000s, releasing two albums arranged for big band. With Love was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.[2]

He would later describe his experience: "There was so much going on with the music. Like with bebop, we had a long period of just salivating on. There were all these different idioms within a genre, the avant-garde and free music, bebop still, and of course the music of John Coltrane and Miles. It was just a hell of a period. And then there was also the political scene going on...."[3]


As leader

  • 1968: Paper Man (Freedom) aka Charles Tolliver and His All Stars (Black Lion), with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, Gary Bartz
  • 1969: The Ringer (Freedom), with Stanley Cowell, Steve Novosel, Jimmy Hopps
  • 1970: Live at Slugs (Strata-East), with Cecil McBee, Jimmy Hopps, Stanley Cowell
  • 1971: Music Inc. (Strata-East), with Stanley Cowell, Ron Mathewson, Alvin Queen
  • 1972: Live at the Loosdrechdt Jazz Festival (Strata-East), aka Grand Max (Black Lion), with John Hicks, Reggie Workman, Alvin Queen
  • 1972: Impact (Strata-East), with Jon Faddis, Charles McPherson, James Spaulding, Stanley Cowell, Cecil McBee
  • 1973: Live in Tokyo (Strata-East), with Clint Houston, Clifford Barbaro, Stanley Cowell
  • 1977: Compassion (Strata-East) aka New Tolliver (Baystate) with Steve Novosel, Alvin Queen, Nathen Page
  • 1988: Live in Berlin at the Quasimodo (Strata-East), with Alain Jean-Marie, Ralph Van Duncan, Ugonna Okegwa
  • 2007: With Love (Blue Note), with big band including Craig Handy, Robert Glasper, Stanley Cowell, Victor Lewis, Billy Harper, Howard Johnson
  • 2009: Emperor March: Live at the Blue Note (Half Note), with big band

As a sideman

With Booker Ervin

  • Structurally Sound (Pacific Jazz, 1966)
  • Booker 'n' Brass (Pacific Jazz, 1967)

With Roy Ayers

  • Virgo Vibes (Atlantic, 1967)
  • Stoned Soul Picnic (Atlantic, 1968)

With Andrew Hill

  • One for One (Blue Note, 1965, 1969, 1970 [1975])
  • Dance with Death (Blue Note, 1968 [1980])
  • Time Lines (Blue Note, 2006)

With Jackie McLean

  • It's Time! (Blue Note, 1964)
  • Action Action Action (Blue Note, 1964)
  • Jacknife (Blue Note, 1965)

With Max Roach

  • Members, Don't Git Weary (Atlantic, 1968)

With Horace Silver

  • Serenade to a Soul Sister (Blue Note, 1968)

With McCoy Tyner

  • Song for My Lady (Milestone, 1972)


  1. [Charles Tolliver at All Music Guide Allmusic biography]
  2. [Charles Tolliver at All Music Guide With Love review]
  3. Interview, Laurence Donohue-Greene, All About Jazz Online.

External links

  • Official website
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