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Charles Burrell
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Born October 4, 1920 (1920-10-04) (age 101)
Toledo, Ohio, US
Genres Jazz, Classical
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Years active 1938–present
Associated acts San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Denver Symphony Orchestra, Don Ewell, Whiskey Blanket, Nellie Lutcher

Charles "Charlie" Burrell (born October 4, 1920) is an American classical and jazz bass player. He is known for being the first African-American to be a member of a major American symphony (the Denver Symphony, now known as the Colorado Symphony). For this, he is often known as "the Jackie Robinson of Classical Music". He was born in Toledo, Ohio.


  • Don Ewell: Denver Concert (Pumpkin)
  • Marie Rhines : Tartans & Sagebrush (Ladyslipper)
  • Whiskey Blanket: No Object
  • Joan Tower / Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop – Fanfares For The Uncommon Woman (Koch International Classics)
  • Charlie Burrell, Mitch Handelsman, The Life of Charlie Burrell: Breaking the Color Barrier in Classical Music, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 29, 2014)

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