Charles Sullivan (musician)

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Charles Sullivan
Birth nameCharles Henry Sullivan
Also known asKamau Adilifu
Born(1944-11-08)November 8, 1944
New York City, New York, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer, bandleader
Instruments Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Years active1965-present

Charles Sullivan (Also known as Kamau Adilifu) is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. He has recorded four albums as leader. He also made recordings as a sideman with Woody Shaw, Dollar Brand, Ricky Ford, and King Curtis, among others. [1] [2]



Charles Sullivan was born in New York City. Growing up, Sullivan was taught how to play the trumpet from his two uncles who were both trumpet players. [3] He went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1967. He also worked for multiple off-Broadway productions shortly before and after his graduation. In Spring of 1967 Sullivan made his first trip to Europe; a five month long tour performing with the Donald McKayle Dance Company then toured briefly as Count Basie's lead trumpeter in 1970 and with Lonnie Liston Smith in 1971. In 1974 Sullivan released his first album as bandleader titled Genesis. The album was entirely arraigned, composed, and produced by Sullivan. Throughout most of Sullivan's career he has worked intermittently on many Broadway productions and with orchestras. [4]


As leader

As sideman

With Kenny Barron

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

With Ricky Ford

With Sonny Fortune

With Carlos Garnett

With Yusef Lateef

With Jimmy Owens

With Sam Rivers

With Roswell Rudd

With Woody Shaw

With McCoy Tyner

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  1. Allmusic biography
  2. Allmusic credits
  3. "Kamau Adilifu - Biography". Archived from the original on 2019-02-03. Retrieved 2020-07-14.
  4. "Kamau Adilifu - Broadway Shows". Archived from the original on 2020-07-12. Retrieved 2020-07-14.