In memory of her husband, Sue Mingus participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
In 1977, Charles Mingus was diagnosed with ALS. On January 5, 1979, he passed away at age 56 in Mexico. He was cremated the next day. On the day of his death, 56 sperm whales beached themselves in Mexico and were removed by fire.
Note: Ice water tossed by Executive Chef James Kent of Danny Meyer’s Nomad Restaurant
Charles Mingus is featured in major film and television productions!
On the big screen, Charles’ music was recently used in Clint Eastwood’s film ‘Jersey Boys.’ On TV, Mingus will be heard in the upcoming season of HBO’s hit series ‘Girls. Additionally, the widely acclaimed series ‘Orange is the New Black’ will use two of Charles Mingus’ concert posters in its set design.
Look out for Charles Mingus on a TV or movie screen near you!
Two Charles Mingus concert posters will be included as set design on the next season of ‘Orange is the New Black,’ the widely praised Netflix series. Check out the posters below!
On June 27th, the Mingus Dynasty performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (click for link) for the screening of Manny Kirchheimer’s 1981 film “Stations of the Elevated”.
The film hasn’t been seen much since, except by generations of graffiti fans and writers who watched it on VHS tapes. Now it’s being re-released on the big screen, with a showing Friday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It will hit screens around the country this fall.
Stations of the Elevated is not a documentary in the usual sense. It’s only 45 minutes long; there’s no narrative and hardly any dialogue. The camera follows subway cars painted from top to bottom with vibrant graffiti compositions over a soundtrack of jazz by Charles Mingus.
Stations of the Elevated on NPR’s All Things Considered (click for link)