An excellent drummer both in big bands and combos, Charli Persip changed his name from Charlie in the early '80s. He had early experience playing locally in New Jersey and with Tadd Dameron (1953), but gained his initial recognition for his work with Dizzy Gillespie's big band and quintet (1953-1958). In 1959, he formed his own group, the Jazz Statesmen, which featured a young Freddie Hubbard. Persip appeared on many record sessions in the 1950s and '60s with such players as Lee Morgan, Dinah Washington, Red Garland, Gil Evans, Don Ellis, Eric Dolphy, Roland Kirk, Gene Ammons, and Archie Shepp, among others. He was with Billy Eckstine during 1966-1973, was the main drum instructor for the Jazzmobile in the mid-'70s, and has led his big band, Supersound since the early '80s. Through his big band work, Charli Persip has been involved and performed with many of the bright young jazz stars of today.
A new CD by Charli Persip and Supersound, entitled "Intrinsic Evolution" was released in late 2008. Critics stated that Charli Persip instills in Supersound the power of the big band with a small group loose feel.