“Profound… The moments when the band came together were the most fascinating, because you could see anarchy and tight discipline rubbing shoulders… Holding these things in balance is bound to stir up unruly emotions, not at all of them bright. Sometimes it seemed as if the sheer intensity on that stage could spill over into a fist-fight. That feeling carries us back to something primordial in jazz, which is why these annual visits by the Mingus Big Band have become a fixture in the jazz-lover’s calendar.”
“A great tradition has been invented: this time of year has become synonymous with the Mingus Big Band spending a week at Ronnie Scott’s. Impressive display of interplay and remarkable improvisational talent present all evening.”
“The 14-piece ensemble that plays the music of Charles Mingus is a big beast of an orchestra that roars mightily but knows how to seductively purr when revealing the wry sensitivity that was also an integral part of the great bassist-pianist-composer’s psyche. “
Mingus Big Band(through Monday) A 2011 Grammy winner for “Live at Jazz Standard,” this repertory band has held a Monday-night residency here for years. It also plays this weekend, filling in for a last-minute cancellation — and building as always on the rugged sophistication of Charles Mingus’s music, which still has the capacity to sound radical. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25 and $30. (Chinen)
The Mingus Big Band was recently featured in both The New Yorker and New York Magazine!
New York Magazine raved about the group’s residency at the Jazz Standard, saying: “Sue Mingus’ popular 14-piece act pays tribute to iconic jazz bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus. The tight, technically adept band has been at it for over ten years—they had a long run at the Fez Under Time Cafe until it closed in 2004—and their dedication has paid off: Their weekly live shows constantly draw rapt, delighted crowds, and three of their seven albums have earned Grammy nominations.” Read the story here.
The New Yorker wrote in its ‘Goings on About Town’ section about the Mingus Big Band’s premiering of “Noonlight,” a recently-discovered Mingus composition. Read the listing below!