Charlie Rouse

Charlie Rouse (April 6, 1924 – November 30, 1988) was an American hard bop tenor saxophonist and flautist. His career is marked by his collaboration with Thelonious Monk, which lasted for more than ten years.[1]

Charlie Rouse
Background information
Born(1924-04-06)April 6, 1924
Washington, DC, United States
DiedNovember 30, 1988(1988-11-30) (aged 64)
GenresJazz, bebop, hard bop
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute
LabelsBlue Note, Enja, Strata-East, Landmark


Rouse was born in Washington, DC in 1924. At first he worked with the clarinet, before turning to the saxophone.

Rouse began his career with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra in 1944, followed by the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band in 1945, the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1949 to 1950, the Count Basie Octet in 1950, Bull Moose Jackson And His Buffalo Bearcats in 1953, and the Oscar Pettiford Sextet in 1955. He made his recording debut with Tadd Dameron in 1947,[2] and in 1957 made a notable album with Paul Quinichette.[3]

He was a member of Thelonious Monk's quartet from 1959 to 1970. In the 1980s he was a founding member of the group Sphere, which began as a tribute to Monk.[1]

Charlie Rouse died from lung cancer on November 30, 1988 at University Hospital in Seattle at the age of 64.


The asteroid 10426 Charlierouse was officially named to honor Rouse by American astronomer Joe Montani of Spacewatch, who discovered it in 1999.[4][5] Earlier, in 1994, asteroid 11091 Thelonious had also been discovered and named by Montani.[4]


As leader

With Julius Watkins as Les Jazz Modes/The Jazz Modes

With Sphere

As sideman

With Dave Bailey

With Clifford Brown

With Donald Byrd

With Benny Carter

With Sonny Clark

With Art Farmer

With Joe Gordon

With Bennie Green

With Hank Jones

With Duke Jordan

With Thelonious Monk

With Oscar Pettiford

With Louis Smith

With Art Taylor

With Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

With Mal Waldron


  1. "Charlie Rouse Biography". AllMusic.
  2. Watrous, Peter (August 9, 1988). "Review/Jazz; Tadd Dameron's Gentle Melodies". The New York Times. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  3. Kernfeld, Barry (1988). "Charlie Rouse". In Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Reference.
  4. Montani, Joe. "Minor Planets Joe Has Named". Joe Montani's Home Page. Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  5. "10426 Charlierouse (1999 BB27)". JPL Small-Body Database. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Caltech. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
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