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Rice, Charlie

Rice, Charlie, drummer; b. Philadelphia, PA, 1 March 1920.

Rice was a mainstay of the Philadelphia scene in the 1940s and 1950s. He had an extended stay with Jimmy Oliver's house band at the Downbeat opposite visiting stars such as Parker, Gillespie, Bud Powell and Hank Jones during 1945 and probably into 1946 or even 1947. Then he led the first house band in Club 421 with Vance Wilson, Red Garland, bassist Bob Bushnell, and trumpeter Johnny Hughes. Around this time he played rehearsals with Jimmy Heath's big band but he was not available to do gigs with them. He was on a USO tour to the South Pacific in (1951) with J.J. Johnson and Howard McGhee, played with Sonny Stitt and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and Leo Parker.  He toured and recorded with Chet Baker in 1964 and 1965, then left full-time performing to teach music in the public schools. He lives in Camden, N.J.

Howard McGhee: South Pacific Jazz (1952); Sonny Stitt and Eddie Lockjaw Davis: Stitt and Jaws at Birdland (1954); Leo Parker: Let Me Tell You 'Bout it (1961); Chet Baker (1964)

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