Charlie Persip was born in Morristown, New Jersey as Charles Lawrence Persip. Commonly known as "Charlie," he changed his name to Charli Persip in the early 1980s.
Charli Persip's nearly forty year mission includes distinguished residencies with Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine, as well as gigs and record dates with Tadd Dameron, Frank Foster, Eric Dolphy, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, among many others.
Charli Persip was the drummer on the legendary, "Eternal Triangle" recording, featuring Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt. Concurrent with his performing activities, Charli has earned a reputation as a superb educator.
As a teacher Charli ranks among the best. He is currently Associate Professor at the New School of Music in Manhattan, fifteen years as drum and music instructor for Jazzmobile Inc. and has a highly successful privet practice. He is a popular attraction at drum clinics and lecture demonstrations at the nations most prestigious schools, such as Howard University, University of Massachusetts, Ohio State University, and North Texas State University. Additional background can be found in Lenord Feathers Encyclopedia of Jazz, and Marquis Whos who in music.