Past Event

Charli Persip Surprise 90th Birthday Party and Benefit

NOTE: Due to response, we have moved this event to the National Black Theater – 2031 5th ave (between 125th and 126th).

Join us as we celebrate the 90th birthday of a drumming legend, Charli Persip.  His prolific career has brought him to all corners of the world playing with every musician you can think of including Harry “Sweets” Edison, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Eric Dolphy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, Billy Eckstine, and everyone in between.

Over 60 musicians to appear including Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Barry Harris, Nasheet Waits, Eric McPherson, Paul West, Mickey Bass, Marcus Baylor, Bill Saxton, Craig Harris, Bob Stewart, Jack Walrath, Freddie Hendrix, E.J. Strickland, among others.

Unfortunately, in recent years, Charli Persip has been struggling with illness. Due to this, he has had to stop doing what he loves the most, performing and teaching. This has left him to fall on hard times financially due to medical bills.

We are reaching out to the jazz community at this time for any contributions towards Charli Persip medical fund.

He would greatly appreciate the support.

To make a donation to help with Charli’s ongoing medical costs, please visit his GoFundMe page.