Jazz Workshop, Inc. and Let
My Children Hear Music (The Charles Mingus Institute) are
pleased to offer exciting internship opportunities for New
York area music students wishing to learn more about the music
of Charles Mingus and jazz publishing, education, promotion,
The ideal candidate wants hands-on
- supporting publishing efforts like Simply Mingus™,
an educational series for young musicians and an updated
new release of Mingus: More than a Fakebook.
- supporting day-to-day activities relevant to producing
live music events, such as maintaining and updating the
music library which consists of hundreds of arrangements
of the music of Charles Mingus, currently performed by the
Mingus Big Band, Mingus Orchestra, and Mingus Dynasty throughout
the world and each week in New York City at Jazz Standard.
- supporting a range of activities for the First Annual
Mingus High School Competition, which will be held at Manhattan
School of Music in February 2011.
Interns should be able to read
music and work with Finale and other software for Mac. The
minimum hours are eight per week, to be scheduled Mondays
and Wednesdays, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
To apply, please email your
resume or bio to jazzedu xxxATxxx mingusmingusmingus.com and include
the word "Internship" in the subject line. We are
currently accepting inquiries for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.
Please contact your school for their requirements for school
credit; we'll gladly provide whatever documentation is needed.
Charles Mingus is one of the
most important figures in 20th Century American music. His
life was filled with music from the time he was six years
old until he died at the age of 56 in 1979. He was a virtuoso
performer, composer, bandleader, author, and music teacher.
Mingus recorded over 100 jazz albums and changed the way jazz
was played by inventing new formats and styles of playing
bass. In his compositions, Mingus mixed sounds and rhythms
from all the music he heard around him as he grew up: Latin,
Mexican folk music, gospel, traditional jazz, European classical
music, bebop, and Flamenco. Considered one of the most important
jazz composers of his day, his entire body of over 300 music
scores and suites are held in the U.S. Library of Congress.
In addition to this recognition, Mingus music has influenced
popular music, from hip hop, rhythm and blues, and rock and
roll. Pop culture icons such as Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell,
and Chuck D have explored Mingus's music, and Mingus music
is frequently heard in major motion pictures, television shows,
and commercials worldwide.
The Mingus Bands which tour and record under the aegis of
the Jazz Workshop, the company started by Charles Mingus and
continued by his wife, Sue Mingus, include the Mingus Dynasty,
the first of the three repertory bands that formed after Mingus's
death in 1979; the Mingus Big Band, which has held a weekly
residency in NYC for over a decade, and the Mingus Orchestra,
which features more exotic instrumentation, such as bassoon,
bass clarinet, guitar and French horn. Their latest CD, "Live
from Tokyo" (Sunnyside/SueMingusMusic) was recorded live
at the Blue Note and joins five other recordings which have
been honored with Grammy award nomination.
"We have been very lucky to have regular forums for the
music, which allow us to develop audiences for the music and
to expand the listenership for Mingus's compositions,"
says Sue Mingus. "We hope this will continue, and that
our concerts, tours, and clinics will help to develop new
generations of Mingus listeners and performers."
LET MY CHILDREN HEAR MUSIC is
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 1986 to promote
the compositional legacy of musician and composer Charles
Mingus though publishing, education, archival preservation,