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Mingus Big Band in the NY Times

NY Times: What to Do on New Year’s Eve in New York

“Since the early 1990s, with changing personnel, this band has played the music of Charles Mingus in regular residencies at New York clubs, making the essence of the bassist’s work rise up on a regular basis. Under the artistic direction of Mingus’s widow, Sue Mingus, the band delivers the technical and emotional curves of the music with authority…”

 

 

Rutgers Mingus Band performs October 14th

Tonight the Rutgers University Mingus Band performs at the Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick, NJ, featuring selections from Intrusions and Oh Yeah. Tenor saxophonist and alum Abraham Burton leads the ensemble.

Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.

Click here for more details

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aids Research

One year ago, Sue Mingus participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in memory of her husband, Charles Mingus.  A stunt that once seemed silly, now scientists say it paid for a breakthrough. The ALS Association says the ice bucket challenge raised $115 million in six weeks, and many participants have become repeat donors.  Research led Johns Hopkins scientists focused on a protein called TDP-43 that in some circumstances is linked to cell death in the brain or spinal cord of patients.  The scientists found that inserting a custom-designed protein allowed cells to return to normal.  The research at Johns Hopkins on TDP-43 was already underway, but scientist Philip Wong says ice bucket money helped accelerate the work and allowed the team to conduct some high-risk, high-reward experiments that were critical to the outcome.

Read more:  New York Times and Science Magazine