Charles "Specs" Wright (September 8, 1927 - February 6, 1963) was an American jazz drummer born in Philadelphia.
Wright played drums in an Army band until his discharge in 1947. Following this he played in a group with Jimmy Heath and Howard McGhee. In 1949 he joined Dizzy Gillespie's band alongside John Coltrane, remaining until it disbanded in mid-1950. Later in 1950 he was a member of Gillespie's sextet with Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, and Milt Jackson. In the 1950s, Wright played with Earl Bostic, Kenny Drew, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, and Carmen McRae, and gigged locally in Philadelphia. He was with Hank Mobley in 1958 with his septet alongside Billy Root, Curtis Fuller, Ray Bryant, Tommy Bryant, and Lee Morgan. Following this Wright played with Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter, Red Garland, Coleman Hawkins, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. He died in 1963. He was interred in Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, New Jersey.
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Birth and Death Data: Born September 8, 1927 (Philadelphia), Died February 6, 1963 (Philadelphia)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957 - 1958
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 47 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||101873||3/6/1957||East of the sun (West of the moon)||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101874||3/6/1957||Guess who I saw today||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101875||3/6/1957||My funny Valentine||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101876||3/6/1957||Dream of life||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101877||3/6/1957||Perdido (Lost)||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101878||3/6/1957||Exactly like you||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101879||3/6/1957||I can't escape from you||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101880||3/6/1957||The little things that mean so much||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101881||3/7/1957||The moon looks down and laughs||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101882||3/7/1957||Just squeeze me||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101883||3/7/1957||I never felt this way before||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||101884||3/7/1957||All my life||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102291||4/18/1957||All my life||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102292||4/18/1957||Nice work if you can get it||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102293||4/18/1957||Between the devil and the deep blue sea||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102294||4/18/1957||I'm through with love||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102703||6/18/1957||Zigeuner||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102704||6/18/1957||I'll see you again||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102705||6/18/1957||Some day I'll find you||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102706||6/18/1957||I'll follow my secret heart||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102707||6/19/1957||If love were all||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102708||6/19/1957||Mad about the boy||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102709||6/19/1957||World weary||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102710||6/19/1957||A room with a view||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||102711||6/20/1957||I can't do anything at all||Carmen McRae||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wright, Charles," accessed June 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/211222.
Wright, Charles. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/211222.
"Wright, Charles." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 June 2023.
DAHR Persistent Identifier
Wikipedia: Specs Wright
Discogs: Charles Wright
Allmusic: Charles Wright
Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Wright, Charles, 1927-1963 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no88003458
Wikidata: Specs Wright - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q2308367
MusicBrainz: Charles “Specs” Wright - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/f6b452aa-9130-46c0-8e39-a5b91b4bb8f7
ISNI: 0000 0001 1079 8237 - http://www.isni.org/isni/0000000110798237
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