El món del jazz s'omple amb la reialesa. Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman i Benny Carter van ser anomenats "Rei" en un moment o altre, de jazz, swing i simplement, respectivament. Ellington era Duke, Hines va ser un Comte, Basie va celebrar dos títols, el de Comte i Rei. Quan ell tot just sortía de l'adolescència, el pianista Charles Phillip Thompson va ser anomenat "Sir".
"Em diuen 'Sir Charles'", ha dit entre bastidors entre sèries durant un recent concert al Jazz Standard. "Vaig agafar aquest nom de Count Basie. Peró en realitat, Lester Young em va posar aquest nom."
Com un nen de 12 anys d'edat, a Colorado Springs, Thompson ja tocava el piano piano a les festes particulars, quan Basie va arribar a la ciutat amb la banda de Bennie Moten, un grup que més tard formarien el nucli de la banda de Basie després de la mort de Moten. "Algú li va parlar de mi. Estava tocant amb ... La banda de Moten. El meu pare em va deixar anar als balls amb la meva germana, perquè li agradava anar a ballar. I va ser llavors quan em vaig trobar amb Count Basie, i ell em va deixar anar amb ell i tocar el piano ". ..............
Charles Phillip Thompson (born March 21, 1918) is an American swing and bebop pianist, organist, composer and arranger.
Thompson was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 21, 1918. His father was a minister and his stepmother played the piano "He first studied violin and briefly played tenor saxophone, but took up piano as a teenager." He moved with his family to Parsons, Kansas, and he attended a Kansas City high school.
By the age of twelve Thompson was playing private parties with Bennie Moten and his band in Colorado Springs. During this time Count Basie played off and on with Moten's band, and during a showing Basie called the young Thompson up to play. He was dubbed Sir Charles Thompson by Lester Young.
Later life and career
Thompson has chiefly worked with small groups, although he belonged to the Coleman Hawkins/Howard McGhee band in 1944–1945.Throughout the 1940s he played and recorded with Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis and J.C. Heard, among others. He played with Lucky Millinder's big band in 1946, and under Illinois Jacquet in 1947–48 and 1952. He worked freelance, principally on organ, for much of the 1950s. He played with Parker again in 1953 and recorded with Vic Dickenson and Buck Clayton in 1953–54.
Thompson worked with Earl Bostic in the late 1950s before heading his own quartet in 1959.In the early 1960s he toured Europe and Canada with Clayton. Thompson was in Europe again in 1964, with Jazz at the Philharmonic, and in 1967 for the show Jazz from a Swinging Era."Living variously on the West Coast, where he often worked with Vernon Alley, and in Toronto, Paris, and Zurich, he continued to lead small groups through the 1970s and 1980s."
Thompson composed the jazz standard "Robbins' Nest".
The great Organ & piano player Sir Charles Thompson, playing his own composition Happy Boogie. Recorded Toronto March 18th 1984,