Charles Bateman

Real Name:
Charles Bateman
Profile:
Jazz pianist.
b. 1922 (Youngstown, OH)
d. January 24, 2004. (Orlando, FL)

Pianist Charles Bateman spent years training to play classical music, but his move into jazz took him into a world of which many of his fans could only dream. In his heyday, he could be found on stage with the likes of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

Bateman, who hit the Central Florida jazz scene after retiring and moving from New York City in the early 1990s, died Saturday (January 24, 2004). He was 82.

"I hate to say this, but it's true," said Anita Turner Bateman, his wife of 47 years. "Charlie was a musical genius."

Charles Bateman met Anita, a singer and actress, when the two were preparing for a gig in New York City. By then, he had already hit the big time. He and legendary trumpeter Armstrong were among a group of black jazz musicians who made a historic first appearance at Carnegie Hall in 1947.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Bateman's familiarity with the piano came from a life steeped in music. His mother and father were pianists. She played gospel; he played the blues. They started Bateman's classical piano training at an early age. At 18, he performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra.

Bateman moved to New York before his 20th birthday to study under renowned German pianist Bruno Eisner. He played jazz clubs on the side.

He came to the Orlando area, not for jazz, but for a bridge tournament. He liked the warm weather and the area, Anita said. The couple built a house in Deltona but continued to live and work in New York.

It was the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that persuaded him to make a permanent move. He had finished his regular gig in the Trade Center's Vista International Hotel and had gone home. The blast that claimed six lives occurred at 12:18 p.m. the next day.

Damage from the bombing forced the hotel to close, so the Batemans decided it was the right time to move into their Volusia County home. Once there, he recorded three CDs and played regularly with other area musicians.

Bateman was an Army veteran of World War II and earned a third-degree black belt in karate.

--Tammie Wersinger, Orlando Sentinel (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2004-01-27/news/0401270046_1_charles-bateman-jazz-pianist - obituary)
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Charles Bateman Discography Tracks

Instruments & Performance

739 Charles Bateman - If The Moon Turns Green / Can't We Be Friends album art Sonny Stitt And His Orchestra / Sonny Stitt And His Quartet* Can't We Be Friends (as Charles Batman) Sonny Stitt And His Orchestra / Sonny Stitt And His Quartet* - If The Moon Turns Green / Can't We Be Friends(Shellac, 10") Prestige 739 US 1951 Sell This Version
PRLP 111 Charles Bateman - Mr. Saxophone album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Mr. Saxophone(10", Mono) Prestige PRLP 111 US 1951 Sell This Version
877 Charles Bateman - New Blues Up And Down album art Gene Ammons vs. Sonny Stitt Gene Ammons vs. Sonny Stitt - New Blues Up And Down(Shellac, 10") Prestige 877 US 1954 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - All Star Sessions album art Gene Ammons Gene Ammons - All Star Sessions (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - Kaleidoscope album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Kaleidoscope (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1957 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - After The Party's Over album art The Aaron Bell Trio The Aaron Bell Trio - After The Party's Over (Album) RCA Victor Canada 1958 Sell This Version
EPA-4239, EPA 4239 Charles Bateman - Jazz All The Way album art The Aaron Bell Trio The Aaron Bell Trio - Jazz All The Way(7", EP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor EPA-4239, EPA 4239 US 1958 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - Soulful Saxophone album art Gene Ammons Gene Ammons - Soulful Saxophone Chess US 1959 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - Stitt's Bits, Vol. 1 album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Stitt's Bits, Vol. 1 (Comp) Prestige, Prestige US 1968 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - Stitt's Bits, Vol. 2 album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Stitt's Bits, Vol. 2 (Comp) Prestige, Prestige US 1969 Sell This Version
CJS 838 Charles Bateman - I Remember... Louis album art Louis Armstrong Black And Blue (as Charlie Bateman) Louis Armstrong - I Remember... Louis(LP, Comp) Ember Records CJS 838 UK 1972 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - At The Carnegie Hall album art Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong - At The Carnegie Hall (Album) Joker (2), Archive Of Jazz Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - Genesis album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Genesis (Comp) Prestige France 1975 Sell This Version
VLP 404 Charles Bateman - The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band album art The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band - The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band(LP) Barron VLP 404 US 1982 Sell This Version
BLM 52025 Charles Bateman - When The Saint Go Marching In album art Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong - When The Saint Go Marching In(LP, Comp, Mono) Black Lion Records BLM 52025 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
none Charles Bateman - 1950 album art Various Prelude To A Kiss Various - 1950(CD, Comp) Jazz Magazine (2) none France 2001 Sell This Version
CLASSICS 1291 Charles Bateman - 1950-1951 album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - 1950-1951(CD, Comp) Classics (11) CLASSICS 1291 France 2003 Sell This Version
PROPERBOX 65 Charles Bateman - Sax O' Bebop album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Sax O' Bebop(4xCD, Comp) Proper Records (2) PROPERBOX 65 UK 2003 Sell This Version
301 687-4 Charles Bateman - Best Of V Disc album art Various Various - Best Of V Disc(CD, Comp) Milan 301 687-4 France 2004 Sell This Version
DRCD11291 Charles Bateman - Complete New York Town Hall & Boston Symphony Hall Concerts album art Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong - Complete New York Town Hall & Boston Symphony Hall Concerts(3xCD, Comp) Definitive Records (2) DRCD11291 Andorra 2006 Sell This Version
Charles Bateman - Eight Classic Albums album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Eight Classic Albums (Comp) Real Gone UK 2012 Sell This Version
99076 Charles Bateman - Gene Ammons - Art Farmer All Stars The Complete Jam Sessions album art Gene Ammons - Art Farmer Gene Ammons - Art Farmer - Gene Ammons - Art Farmer All Stars The Complete Jam Sessions(2xCD, Comp, RM) American Jazz Classics 99076 Spain 2013 Sell This Version
EP191 Charles Bateman - Mr Saxophone album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Mr Saxophone(7", EP) Esquire EP191 UK Unknown Sell This Version
DK 29016 Charles Bateman - Greatest Hits album art Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong - Greatest Hits(3xLP, Comp + Box) Delta Music DK 29016 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
P 7612, PR 7612 Charles Bateman - Stitt's Bits, Vol. 2 album art Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt - Stitt's Bits, Vol. 2(LP, Comp, RE, RM) Prestige, Prestige P 7612, PR 7612 US Unknown Sell This Version