Born : March 19, 1917 in Trinidad.
Died : July 03, 1986 in New York City, New York.
A member of the Tadd Dameron Sextet, in his heyday he was in demand for his ability to play at the rapid tempos typical of bebop, and appears on several key recordings of the period. He left the music business in the late 1950s.
According to jazz historian Phil Schaap the classic bebop tune "Donna Lee", a contrafact on "Back Home Again In Indiana", was named after Curley's daughter.
Curly Russell Discography
Singles & EPs
|1003||Dizzy Gillespie And Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett*, Al Haig, Curly Russell||Dizzy Gillespie And Charlie Parker, Sydney Catlett*, Al Haig, Curly Russell - Salt Peanuts / Hot House (Shellac, 10", Single)||Guild Records (2)||1003||US||1945||Sell This Version|
|Frank Foster, Curly Russell, Art Blakey, Ray Copeland Featuring Thelonious Monk||Frank Foster, Curly Russell, Art Blakey, Ray Copeland Featuring Thelonious Monk - Locomotive / Hackensack (EP)||Metronome||Sweden||1957||Sell This Version|
|CD 53033||Art Blakey & Clifford Brown With Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson, Curly Russell||Art Blakey & Clifford Brown With Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson, Curly Russell - New York City, Birdland Club, February 21, 1954 (CD, Comp, RE)||Giants Of Jazz||CD 53033||Czech Republic||1996||Sell This Version|