Pianist. Donald Tecumseh Carson born December 4, 1929 in Washington, D.C.; died February 13, 2000 in Cedar Park, Texas.
In 1949 was a member of a David Jackson quintet that also included Benny Golson and Eddie Jones. Played intermission piano at the Showboat Lounge in 1957 and again in 1961. Worked with Eddie Phyfe’s trio at Flame in 1959.
Formed his own trio in February 1962 with Wilbur Little and Buddy Deppenschmidt. Extended engagement at the Marquee Lounge of the Shoreham Hotel (1962-1963). Toured with Ella Fitzgerald (1968-1969). Regularly played Sundays at Blues Alley in 1969 with Keter Betts. Appeared frequently at King of France Tavern in Annapolis in the 1970s, accompanying visiting musicians.
Assumed the role of pianist in the Count Basie Orchestra after Basie’s death under the direction of Thad Jones and then Frank Foster. Also worked with veteran Basie musicians in the Frank Wess Orchestra.