“Tuesday, November 22nd, 1966, jazz musician Charlie Mingus waited with his five-year-old daughter Carolyn, to be evicted from his studio at 22 Great Jones Street, New York. Mingus had planned to open a music school and jazz workshop at this Lower East Side loft, but he had been frustrated in his intentions and had fallen behind in the rent.
As he waited for the NYPD and the Sanitation Department to arrive and remove his belongings, filmmaker Thomas Reichman recorded an intimate portrait of one of the jazz music’s greatest composers and performers. In the film, Mingus is seen moving distractedly amongst his boxed possessions, showing great affection for his daughter, recalling happier times living on Fifth Avenue, and acknowledging the inherent racism in America by offering his own Pledge of Allegiance….”
Hear Mingus’s composition “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting” in Martin Scorsese’s latest film “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This movie follows the true story of Jordan Belfort from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Other recent placement of Mingus’s music include:
AD: Nate Berkus for Target — Better Git Hit In Your Soul
FILM: People Like Us (Dreamworks) — Boogie Stop Shuffle
FILM: Regeneration (Green Light) — Haitian Fight Song
TV: Cold Case (Warner Brothers) — Haitian Fight Song
Announcing the Charles Mingus Mosaic Collection:
The Jazz Workshop Concerts– 1964-65, Limited Edition 7-Disc Set
Said Mingus himself: “On stage, I could feel the presence of my musicians like they were touching me…. I just wish I could give you that picture, that moment at Monterrey along with the music.”
Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR says “It’s a monumental example of how a jazz great dedicated his life to his art… We hear humor… We hear protest… A lot happened in and around Charles Mingus’ career around 1964-65… it’s no stretch to say you can hear it all in the music he made then.”
Stretching from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, the inclusive 10-CD set includes such masterpieces as Tijuana Moods (1957) (now 2 CDs); Mingus Ah Um (1959), Mingus Dynasty (1959), Alternate Takes (1959), Let My Children Hear Music (1971) and the double disc, Charles Mingus And Friends In Concert (1972), as well as Epitaph (1989). The booklet features photos from recording sessions, and liner notes by Sue Mingus!