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Mingus Orchestra at St. Bart’s archive on WBGO

Gunther Schuller conducts the Mingus Orchestra at St. Bartholomew's Church. Photo: Shannon Manning, Let My Children Hear Music, Inc.

In case you missed it, the April 22 WBGO Mingus Orchestra broadcast is archived here:

From the WBGO blog: April 21, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam:
Presidents Day was the climax of a big week for the legacy of Charles Mingus and those who love it. First, after many nominations, the Mingus Big Band won the Best Large Ensemble Grammy for the CD of their New Year’s Eve show, originally broadcast on Toast of the Nation! Five days later, students by the band-ful came to New York for the third national  Charles Mingus High School Competition, founded by Sue Mingus, at Manhattan School of Music. (You can see the winners here.) As part of the weekend, on Friday night, I went to Jazz Standard to see the Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band, as bassist Boris Kozlov announced them. The club was full of teenagers and the spirit in the room was joy. The next night, the Mingus Orchestra gave a concert at St. Bart’s Church on Park Avenue & 50th St., an un-amplified concert in which the high cathedral ceiling and smooth, colorful stone walls and floor all became part of the music. You can hear this concert on WBGO and Michael Bourne hosts the special broadcast for Mingus’s birthday, Friday, April 22 at 8pm.

We are happy to announce that NPR “Jazz Set” will broadcast Mingus Orchestra at St. Bart’s Church February 2012. Look for video clips coming soon, too!

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American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

Birthday Celebrations

Friday April 22, 2011 is the birthday of Charles Mingus.

Nationwide celebrations will be held. Two are highlighted below.

APRIL 22, 2011 at 8pm Eastern

WBGO 88.3FM NY will broadcast nationally the Mingus Orchestra concert, conducted by Gunther Schuller and recorded at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue, February 19, 2011 in connection with theCharles Mingus High School Competition & Festival. The program will be hosted by Michael Bourne. If you aren’t in NY, you can listen in on the web at that time at

NEA logoThis project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of
American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

Mingus Orchestra at St. Bartholomew’s Church last year

APRIL 22, 2011 12am-12am Eastern

The traditional 24-hour Mingus Birthday Broadcast on WKCR, spearheaded by Phil Schaap.

2011 Mingus High School Competition & Festival at Manhattan School of Music – Mingus Orchestra Concert at St. Bart’s

For a full calendar of weekend events: Mingus Orchestra at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Mingus High School Competition at Manhattan School of Music, and Mingus Big Band at Jazz Standard please visit