At the end of June, the Mingus Big Band traveled to Ottawa, Ontario, to perform in the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
“The Mingus Big Band picked up the torch. Dedicated to the memory of the iconoclastic bassist and band leader who died in 1979, this 14-piece band performed Moanin’ and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat before deadline. Man, this is fierce stuff, that seems to defy almost every convention of what makes music musical. Sweet band arrangements and Charlie Mingus’ astral sound made for a gorgeous listen.”
–Comments from the Ottawa Sun
Read the review in the Ottawa Citizen!
We are pleased to announce that the Jazz Journalists Association has awarded the Mingus Big Band “Best Large Ensemble of the Year”!
Dreamworks will include Charles Mingus’s “Boogie Stop Shuffle” in its upcoming film “People Like Us” (formerly “Welcome to People”) starring Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the film will premiere later this year.
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Part 2 of Mingus’s 1964 Town Hall Concert with Eric Dolphy and Part 2 of Tyrone Guthrie concert “My Favorite Quintet.” (History: Charles and I ran out of money after releasing the first half of these concerts in 1965. The tapes have been in storage ever since.) The plan is to make this music available digitally-- and perhaps in a Mosaic box set produced by Michael Cuscuna– if there is enough interest.
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