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Mingus featured in Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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.

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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
  • TV:  The Good Wife (ABC) — Hora Decubitus sample

 

 

Mingus’ Magnum Opus: ‘Epitaph’ In Concert

Listen to the Hour-Long Radio Special here on NPR Music

From NPR:

July 24, 2008 – As creative chair for jazz at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, bass player Christian McBride gets to program four concerts a year. The moment he got the job, he put Charles Mingus’ monumental, 2 1/2-hour jazz symphony “Epitaph” at the top of his list.

“When you hear Mingus’ music, that’s about as advanced as you can get,” McBride says. “But it’s always rooted — it’s always coming out of that real indigenous black tradition. I’m talking about, like, work songs and gospel, you know, all the way up through Ellington, all the way up through the strife of the ’60s. All of that is in his music.”

Jazz historian and composer Gunther Schuller conducted the entire concert in front of a 31-piece jazz orchestra. He says that Charles Mingus was a man of many moods — and that he sees them in the very fabric of Mingus’ masterpiece.

“I knew him quite well,” Schuller says. “He could be as gentle as a baby, and he could also be so full of tantrums and explosive and angry, and all of this range of feelings is in this piece. It’s all there: It’s like a musical picture of Mingus’ personality — from the most beautiful gentle ballads, lyric pieces, to these extremely chaotic, disorganized, wild pieces.”

By the time “Epitaph” premiered in 1962, Mingus was already well-known as a composer, bandleader, and virtuoso bass player, a musician who had worked with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Duke Ellington, among others. But how Mingus came to write the piece remains something of a mystery.

Gunther Schuller says Mingus probably composed most of the piece over a three-year period in the late ’50s. He scored it for a 31-piece double jazz orchestra, and got an all-star group to play it. But the first performance was a travesty.

“There’s this famous, legendary disastrous concert and recording session in Town Hall [in New York], where I happened to be present,” Schuller says. “And it was one of the most chaotic and frustrating and disastrous concerts that anybody has ever heard, because the music was so difficult and so strange. He hadn’t had a chance to rehearse it properly and the copyists were, indeed, even still copying some of the music –- it wasn’t even fully ready. And so the musicians couldn’t handle it, and so eventually the concert was aborted when the union stage crew said, ‘Wait a minute, it’s midnight, we’ve gotta stop this.’”

Distraught, Mingus never visited the score again in his lifetime. But 10 years after his death in 1979, the score — four feet high and 4,235 measures long — was discovered in a closet in his apartment. Composer and arranger Andrew Homzy reconstructed it, and Schuller conducted the premiere in 1989. According to Schuller, the work was titled “Epitaph,” because a few movements in the score had that word in block letters.

Astonishingly, when the enormous score for “Epitaph” was found, it was missing one thing -– a finale. So Schuller says that he and the band improvised one, using Mingus as a guide.

“I decided, in putting this piece together, that we should do what he did so many times in his own appearances at clubs with his groups –- that is to say, he dictated an ending,” he says. “And he would cue everybody: What they should do and when they play and be hollering and playing on his bass at the same time. And so we did something like that for the entire orchestra.”

Discoveries at Walt Disney Concert Hall is an eclectic mix of concert specials, recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and hosted by Renee Montagne. From singer-songwriters to classical, world music, and Broadway stars, it’s a celebration of the diversity of our thriving musical culture.

 

2010 News Summary

NPR to rebroadcast Mingus Big Band from the Jazz Standard.
Thu, Dec. 23 2010
NPR is rebroadcasting the Mingus Big Band from the Jazz Standard – the Grammy-nominated music – as the first JazzSet of 2011. JazzSet airs on more than 100 stations nationwide and in Europe as well.  Listeners should check with their stations for date and time of the broadcast(s).On WBGO and wbgo.org, JazzSet featuring the MBB airs on Sun, Jan 2, at 6pm and on Wed, Jan 5, at 6:30pm.Michael Bourne is the MC and the Grammy-nominated host is Dee Dee Bridgewater.The CD and mp3 downloads of the album go here:
http://mingusmingusmingus.com/MingusBands/liveatstandard.html
Happy Holidays!
Thu, Dec. 23 2010
Mingus NEA concerts at MacPhail Center for Music
Wed, Nov. 24 2010
“Three NEA grants (American Masterpieces) for chamber music in 2010-2011 support projects devoted to the works of Charles Mingus, including the four-concert series at the MacPhail Center for Music. Presented as part of its annual Jazz Thursdays program, “Meditations and Revelations” is the brainchild of bassist/MacPhail jazz coordinator Adam Linz, a longtime devotee of the “one-man avant garde,” to quote John McDonough in his article about the MacPhail grant in this month’s issue of Chamber Music magazine. In explaining the rationale for presenting the music of Mingus live, Linz told McDonough, “It’s the ability to find spontaneity in music that’s fifty years old [and to] take it somewhere it hasn’t been. That’s the spirit of Mingus… You have a band that rehearses without charts and adds to the performance…we want to keep that spirit that it may all fall apart….”article and photos by Andrea Canter
WSJ: “Mingus” at Anthology series.
Thu, Nov. 4 2010
Pedro Costa SelectsAnthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave., (212) 505-5181
Through Nov. 16View Full Image
MOVIE2
Pedro CostaJeanne Balibar in Pedro Costa’s ‘Ne change rien.’
MOVIE2
MOVIE2A rock star to cinematic aesthetes, Pedro Costa is more punk than Dutch provocateur Lars von Trier. With seemingly no more than a digital camera, some natural light and a subject (for instance, the Lisbon slum and its loquacious denizens in his celebrated Fontainhas Trilogy) the Portuguese filmmaker achieves something fascinating, hypnotic and mysterious—and, in its fearless chiaroscuro, an austere yet rapturous beauty. For two weeks, Mr. Costa will present his most recent film, “Ne change rein,” a performance documentary starring French actress and singer Jeanne Balibar, alongside some of his favorite movies. He’s included some elusive choices, such as Jean Eustache’s obscured documentary debut “Numero Zero,” Jean-Luc Godard’s comic “Keep Your Right Up,” Thomas Reichman’s raw and bitter “Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968.” Mr. Costa will discuss his films Friday evening, and will introduce various screenings throughout the series.
Jazz Times: Junko Onishi plays Mingus; “Meditations for a Pair of Wire Cutters”
Thu, Nov. 4 2010
You can listen to a clip on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Baroque/dp/B0043CO7PA/ref=tmm_other_title_0
Appalachian’s Jazz Ensemble II performs Nov. 9
Thu, Nov. 4 2010
Appalachian’s Jazz Ensemble II performs Nov. 9BOONE—Charles Mingus, Mark Taylor and Chris Culver are among the jazz composers whose work will be performed Nov. 9 by Appalachian State University’s Jazz Ensemble II.The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.Rod Berry, an instructor in the Hayes School of Music, directs the ensemble in performances of Lennie Niehaus’ “Absolutely Awesome,” Chris Culver’s “Mongo Mood,” Mark Taylor’s “Bebop ‘N’ Georgia” and “Not Yet Over the Hill,” Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and Mike Carubia’s “Buffalo Wings.”
Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard is up for a Grammy nomination!
Thu, Oct. 21 2010
Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard is up for a Grammy nomination at http://www.grammy365.comIf you are a voting member, please consider:
Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard
Solo: Kenny Rampton on “Cryin’ Blues”Arrangement: Sy Johnson for “New Now Know How”You’ll find them under Jazz of course.If you haven’t heard it yet:
http://mingusmingusmingus.com/MingusBands/liveatstandard.htmlYou can also download a free mp3 of “Cryin’ Blues” featuring Kenny Rampton on trumpet.

“Every tune a classic, every player a master,
every tune sounding new, every player keeping the spirit
of Charles Mingus alive and swinging!” -Michael
Bourne, WBGO

“Crisp and crackling with life….the Mingus songbook
with fresh arrangements and top-notch musicianship.”
-All About Jazz-New York

Mingus Awareness Project: Return to Richmond, VA
Wed, Oct. 20 2010
Mingus Awareness Project features Adam Larrabee Plays Money Jungle and Mingus Awareness Project Big Band directed by Doug Richards and will take place on Sunday, October 24, 2010, 7pm, at Richmond CenterStage’s Rhythm Hall.Another article.
Anniversary of Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
Wed, Oct. 20 2010
Charles Mingus Presents Charles MingusRecorded October 19, 1960 at Nola Penthouse Sound Studios, New York City
Jazz Times: Review of Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard
Wed, Oct. 6 2010
Lucid Culture review of Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard
Wed, Oct. 6 2010
Buddy Collette’s Los Angeles: LA Times.
Thu, Sep. 23 2010
“In 1999, the late jazzman reflected on his early musical career, Central Avenue, Charles Mingus and the fusion of the segregated musicians’ unions.”RIP, Buddy Collette.
Charles Mingus Revenge! Now available digitally
Thu, Sep. 9 2010
Revenge! The Legendary Paris Concert Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet and flute),
Johnny Coles (trumpet on So Long Eric), Clifford Jordan
(tenor saxophone), Jaki Byard (piano), and Dannie Richmond
(drums), Charles Mingus (bass) 


Revenge!
• Peggy’s Blue Skylight (12:53)
• Orange Was the
Color of her Dress, Then Blue Silk (11:38)
• Meditations
on Integration (22:39)
• Fables of Faubus (24:53)

• So Long Eric (28:50)

• Parkeriana (24:13)

 

Available on iTunes,
eMusic,
and Amazon.
Digital distribution by The Orchard.


more info: http://mingusmingusmingus.com/SueMingus/revenge.html

Guadian.co.uk Review: 50 great moments in jazz: Charles Mingus’s The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Tue, Sep. 7 2010
50 great moments in jazz: Charles Mingus’s The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady: It’s almost impossible to choose just one great moment from the legacy of this pioneering bassist and compositional genius….
Pop Matters reviews Live at Jazz Standard
Fri, Aug. 6 2010
Sue Mingus and the Mingus Big Band: Letting Our Children Hear Music
By Sean Murphy
Mingus bands in residency at Flynn Center
Mon, Jul. 19 2010
Four-day residency with three bands. Highlight: Oct. 16, 2010, the Mingus Repertory Ensembles — the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra — perform the music of jazz legend Charles Mingus, with choreography by Danny Buraczeski.
http://www.washingtonsquarenyc.org/wordpress/archives/246
Mon, Jul. 19 2010
WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL ENDS 50th PARK SEASON WITH THE CHARLES MINGUS ORCHESTRA, A FREE JAZZ CONCERTOn Tuesday, July 27 at 8 pm in Washington Square,the Charles Mingus Orchestra closes the Washington Square Music Festival’s 52nd season by performing works by the late Charles Mingus. The concert is free and celebrates a great American composer, who left his legacy in the worlds of both jazz and the civil rights struggle.Seating is on a first-come, first served basis in front of the Holley Statue, in the northwest quadrant of the Square. The Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association, Inc. Rainspace is St. Joseph’s Church, 371 Sixth Avenue.
Festival info: 212-252-3621 www.washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org
New CD reviewed on Straight No Chaser
Tue, Jun. 29 2010
CD reviewed in July issue of All About Jazz-New York
Tue, Jun. 29 2010
“Crisp and crackling with life….the Mingus songbook with fresh arrangements and top-notch musicianship.” CD reviewed in July issue of All About Jazz-New York.
Fight ALS (tonight at Jazz Showcase in Chicago) by remembering Charles Mingus
Wed, Jun. 23 2010
Jazz Journalists Assn honors Sue Mingus
Wed, Jun. 16 2010
JJA 2010 Jazz Awards Sy Johnson introduces Sue Mingus at :59.
New CD Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard
Thu, Jun. 10 2010
Available digitally at iTunes and physical CDs at CD Baby
Living Legends, Onstage and in Memoriam-Wall Street Journal
Thu, Jun. 10 2010
Mingus Big Band/Mingus Mondays
Jazz Standard 
116 E. 27th St., (212) 576-2232 
Mondays
Also being honored at the JJA Awards is Sue Mingus, the widow of the late bassist-composer, who has seen to it that her husband’s music is more widely performed now than it was during the jazz iconoclast’s lifetime. (Even the Django Reinhardt-inspired Hot Club of Detroit is playing “Nostalgia in Times Square” on their new album, “It’s About That Time.”) “Mingus Monday” has become a tradition at Jazz Standard…. The 14-piece big band, which features saxophonists Scott Robinson and Wayne Escoffery, is also represented by its 10th album, “Live at Jazz Standard,” and demonstrates that, alongside Ellington and Monk, there’s no composer more worthy than Mingus of being a one-man franchise.
Mingus Big Band Finalist for Large Ensemble of the Year-Jazz Journalists Awards
Wed, May. 26 2010
Gala on June 14, 2010.
Mingus band regular Scott Robinson feautred in WSJ
Wed, May. 26 2010
Mailing List changes from weekly to monthly
Mon, Apr. 5 2010
TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS:

We hope our mailing list subscribers will welcome our shift
from weekly to monthly emails. Many of you now get updates from
Facebook
and Twitter
(if not, please click on those links and join us!) so we’ll
use this mailing list to send a monthly announcement of Mingus
news, events, and perhaps an occasional extra special announcement!
And of course our
website
 will remain your primary source for all things Mingus:
weekly Mingus band lineups and tour dates, educational events,
and links to Mingus music in all its manifestations throughout
the world.

 

APRIL
2010 HIGHLIGHTS:
  • April 22: Mingus’s 88th Birthday. Round-the-clock Mingus
    on KCR and other special events.
  • Mingus Mondays continue at Jazz
    Standard
    , with Mingus
    Big Band, Mingus Orchestra, and Mingus Dynasty in weekly
    rotation. Student discount 2nd set.

APRIL
2010 DETAILS:

“The
Mingus Big Band – musician for musician
- is one of the most spirited

and technically gifted bands in the country.”

-Seattle
Examiner

“The
weekly Monday
Mingus
 show at the Jazz Standard is
New York’s most transcendent weekly residency.
It’s probably the best in the entire world.”

-Lucid
Culture

 

Monday,
April 5, 2010

Mingus
Mondays at Jazz
Standard

MINGUS
BIG BAND

SETS
AT 7:30 & 9:30

Trumpets

- Greg Gisbert

- Kenny Rampton

- Tatum Greenblatt

Saxophone

- Seamus Blake

- Mark Gross

- Craig Handy
(alto)

- Greg Tardy (tenor)

- Ronnie Cuber

Trombones

- Ku-umba Frank Lacy

- Andy Hunter

- Dave Taylor

Drums

- Donald Edwards

Bass

- Boris Kozlov

Piano

- David Kikoski

Doors
open an hour prior.
Jazz
Standard
 features tasty Blue Smoke BBQ. There is
never a minimum.

116 East 27th between Park and Lex in NYC 212-576-2232.
http://jazzstandard.com.

 

STUDENTS HALF PRICE ($12.50) SECOND SET.

 


 

Monday,
April 12, 2010

Mingus Mondays at Jazz
Standard

MINGUS
DYNASTY!

SETS AT 7:30 & 9:30

Alto saxophone: Craig
Handy

Tenor Saxophone: Seamus
Blake

Trumpet: Tatum Greenblatt

Trombone: Andy Hunter

Bass: Boris Kozlov

Piano: David Kikoski

Drums: Donald Edwards

 


New
CD Release / Concert

 

Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard

 

Mon,
April 19, 2010

MINGUS
BIG BAND LIVE AT JAZZ STANDARD

CD Release Concert @ 7:30PM featuring works from Mingus
Big Band Live at Jazz Standard CD

including the rarely performed “New Now Know How” and
the seminal favorite “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.” Line-up
includes Wayne Escoffery
& Abraham Burton
(tenor saxophone), Scott
Robinson & Doug
Yates (alto saxophone, flute), Lauren
Sevian (baritone saxophone), Conrad
Herwig, Ku-umba
Frank Lacy & Earl
McIntyre (trombones), Avishai
Cohen, Kenny
Rampton & Earl
Gardner (trumpets), Orrin
Evans (piano), Boris
Kozlov (bass), and Donald
Edwards (drums). Second set at 9:30PM.

“…every
tune a classic, every player a master, every tune sounding
new, every player keeping the spirit of Charles Mingus
alive and swinging!”


Michael Bourne, WBGO

 


 

 

 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mingus Mondays at Jazz
Standard

MINGUS
ORCHESTRA!

SETS AT 7:30 & 9:30

Alto/Flute/Soprano: Vincent
Herring

Tenor/Soprano/Flute: Scott
Robinson

Trombone: Ku-umba Frank
Lacy

Trumpet: Kenny Rampton

Drums: Donald Edwards

Bass: Hans Glawischnig

Bassoon: Janet Grice

French Horn: John Clark

Guitar: Jack Wilkins

Bass Clarinet: Doug Yates

 


 

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Mingus paintings by BRUNI Sablan
Wed, Mar. 24 2010
Mingus Mondays featured on PBS SundayArts News
Tue, Feb. 23 2010
Mingus Mondays is 4:56-5:20
Student recites “Mingus at the Showplace” by William Matthews in Thousand Oaks competition
Thu, Feb. 11 2010
Yale Jazz Ensemble Concert To Feature Music Of Charles Mingus Feb 10
Wed, Feb. 10 2010
Yale Jazz Ensemble Concert To Feature Music Of Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington
On CampusThe Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas C. Duffy, will present its winter concert on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The program will feature charts by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Phil Woods, Lester Young, Slide Hampton, and more. Admission is free and no tickets are required.The Yale Jazz Ensemble is an 18 piece big band that performs a wide variety of music, from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive to the newest and most progressive jazz compositions. The ensemble has performed extensively in the U.S. and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard and Iridium Jazz Clubs and London’s Ronnie Scott’s.Call 203-432-4113 for more information.
February 9, 2010 National Jazz Museum in Harlem: Jazz on Film: Charles Mingus/Billie Holiday
Sat, Jan. 30 2010
February 9, 2010 Jazz for Curious ListenersJazz on Film: Charles Mingus/Billie Holiday
7:00 – 8:30pmLocation: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300Hearing is one thing – seeing is another. What better to spend an evening that watching these two iconic figures in all of their originality and genius?
Mingus workshop in Buffalo tonight!
Mon, Feb. 8 2010
WWMD? A gaggle of devotees of Charles Mingus, the legendary jazz bassist-composer-rights activist, will brainstorm and barnstorm in the Jazz Composers Workshop, which gets under way at about 7:30 p.m. in Central Park Grill, 2519 Main St. On hand will be Nelson Starr, John Werick, Michael McNeill, John Anderson, Joe Hochulski, Kelly Bucheger and Tim Clarke.
Mingus Big Band’s Conrad Herwig on WKCR 89.9FM NY and online.
Wed, Jan. 27 2010
6-9pm Wednesday, January 27th on WKCR 89.9FM NY.
“The Musician’s Show.”Conrad Herwig will guest host Mingus Big Band’s Conrad Herwig LIVE on-air on WKCR Radio next Wednesday 6-9PM. He’ll play his own music, recordings he has played on with the Mingus bands (such as the soon-to-be-released 2009 New Year’s Eve concert at Jazz Standard, broadcast on NPR), and other music that has inspired him.

Nu-Art Series features music of Charles Mingus
Wed, Jan. 27 2010
Saturday, February 6:Darrell Mixon Quartet/Charles Mingus
“Haitian Fight Song” / Haitian Relief
Wed, Jan. 20 2010
Links to a few places that need your donations:
Mercy Corps http://www.mercycorps.org/
Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti http://yele.org
Red Cross
Artists for Peace and Justice
Doctors without Borders
Oxfam
Catholic Relief Services http://crs.org/
Unicef http://www.unicef.org/
Clinton Bush Haiti FundLonger, descriptive list on Huffington Post
Marching for Peace, 1967
Mon, Jan. 18 2010
Hart Hooton memory of marching with King and Mingus

2010 Charles Mingus High School Competition Summary

 

Mingus HS Finalist News: Ken East Honors Jazz Band Heading to Big Apple for Prominent Performance
Thu, Jan. 14 2010
Mingus Competition Finalists Announced
Tue, Jan. 5 2010
MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:BIG BAND CATEGORY-Regular
Boston Latin Big Band. Boston Latin School, Boston, MA. Band Director: Paul J. Pitts
Kenmore East High School Jazz Band, Tonawanda, NY. Band Director: Phil Aguglia
Rivers Big Band, The Rivers School, Weston, MA. Band Director: Philippe CrettienBIG BAND CATEGORY-Specialized
Academy Big Band, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, CT.
Band Director: Douglas Maher
Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Rochester, NY. Band Director: Howard Potter
Manhattan School of Music Precollege Big Band, New York, NY. Band Director: Jeremy ManasiaCOMBO CATEGORY-Regular
Foxborough High School Jazz Quintet, Foxborough, MA. Director: Stephen C. Massey
Rio Americano Combo, Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, CA.
Band Director: Max Kiesner
Rivers Select 1 Combo, The Rivers School, Weston, MA. Band Director: Philippe CrettienCOMBO CATEGORY-Specialized
Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Rochester, NY. Band Director: Howard Potter
Manasia Improv Ensemble, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY.
Band Director: Jeremy Manasia
York College Blue Notes, New York, NY. Band Director: Tom Zlabinger

Please call 212-736-4749 for more information.

Mingus High School Competition & Festival Held in New York City February 12-15, 2010 with Mingus Gospel Concert at St. Bart’s
Tue, Dec. 15 2009
*Nationwide Charles Mingus High School Competition*Four-Day Festival Held in New York City February 12-15, 2010*Mingus Gospel Concert at St. Bart’sFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2009 – New York, NY
Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute, a New York City-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to expanding and promoting the legacy of Charles Mingus, announces exciting lineup for Charles Mingus High School Competition and weekend festival.This year’s Competition was expanded to include high school students nationwide and extend their New York experience beyond the Manhattan School of Music, where the Competition and clinics will be held. More activities were added for New York residents to make this a true festival celebrating Mingus music.

A full day of clinics and workshops will take place at the Manhattan School of Music on Saturday. There will be master classes for instruments and sections plus lectures and clinics in connection with Mingus music exploring themes such as “Thematic Development in Improvisation” and “Deconstructing Melody,” “The
Blues at the Heart of Mingus, a special Band Director’s Workshop directed by Justin DiCioccio, and a student jam with Mingus musicians. Prominent educators and musicians who are deeply familiar with Mingus music will oversee these events.

On Saturday night there will be an extraordinary public concert of Mingus gospel music at the landmark St. Bartholomew’s (St. Bart’s) Church on Park Avenue and 50th Street. This unique event will not only return Mingus music to its blues & gospel church roots, but will feature the sort of  instrumentation—harp, bassoon, French horn, bass clarinet (along with the more familiar trumpet, trombone and saxophones)—that illustrates Mingus’s long-time mission to open up the instrumental possibilities so children can be inspired to play in symphony orchestras as well as jazz bands. The concert will include such rousing numbers as “Better Get Hit In Your Soul,”  “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting,” “Ecclusiastics,” “Consider Me, Oh Lord” (from a Langston Hughes collaboration), and much more. There will also be a reception for high school participants prior to the concert and opening remarks by Gunther Schuller.

On Sunday the daylong Mingus High School Competition will feature the battle between the top 12 big bands and combos from around the country and a concert by the MSM Mingus Combo. Monday the Mingus Big Band performs at Jazz Standard as part of its regular weekly residency.

All participants, whether finalists or not, are invited to attend all weekend events. The Competition provides an exceptional musical experience for its participants and an important addition to the many cultural attractions in New York City.  It has already become a much-anticipated part of the national and local cultural landscape, celebrating New York as the arts capital of the world and Charles Mingus as one of our most significant artists.

Please call 212-736-4749 for more information.

Friday, Feb 12: TBA
Saturday, Feb 13: Full day of clinics, master classes, and jams at Manhattan
School of Music. Evening Mingus concert at St. Bartholomew’s (St. Bart’s) Church
bringing Mingus music back to its gospel & blues roots and featuring special
instrumentation
Sunday, Feb 14: Mingus High School Competition at Manhattan School of Music.
Concert by MSM Mingus Combo
Monday, Feb 15: Mingus Big Band at Jazz Standard

 

 

Mingus High School Competition: Foxboro trumpet player at the Grammys
Wed, Jan. 27 2010
“Matt Muirhead, Foxboro High School Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and other groups, leaves for California Saturday to play with an elite student jazz band as part of the 52nd annual Grammy awards celebration.And from Feb. 12-15, Muirhead will be with a Foxboro High jazz quintet competing in the annual Charles Mingus Jazz Competition in New York City.The 17-year-old, who began playing trumpet in fifth grade, enjoys all types of music but is heavily focused on jazz.”Jazz provides a level of intimacy, democracy and interaction that you don’t necessarily feel in other genres,” said Muirhead.Next month Muirhead and fellow FHS students Brendan Thomas, Ian Ayers, Christian Lyman and Connor Schultze will be traveling to New York City for the Feb. 12-15 Mingus competition at the Manhattan School of Music.The student-directed band will be competing against finalists from The Rivers School in Weston and Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, Cal., playing the music of the legendary jazz pianist, bandleader and composer.

School music director Steve Massey said he’s especially proud of Muirhead and the other students’ accomplishment in entering and attaining a finalist position at the second annual Mingus competition. Students took the lead in suggesting a Foxboro entry and rehearsed on their own, beginning last summer, using their own arrangements.

 

 

Mingus High School Competition subway ad
Wed, Jan. 27 2010

 

Mingus High School Competition press from schools-Eastman
Wed, Feb. 10 2010
NY Daily News: Composer Charles Mingus’ music will be played at free 2-day festival
Mon, Feb. 8 2010
Mingus High School Competition-Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes: Reminders of the Future of Jazz
Tue, Feb. 23 2010

 

Mingus High School Competition: Kenmore on TV news
Thu, Feb. 11 2010
TV news: Kenmore East High School competing in the Charles Mingus High School Competition
Mingus HS Competition: “Foxboro HS has all that jazz”
Wed, Feb. 24 2010

 

Mingus High School Competition: Rio Americano
Fri, Feb. 12 2010
Mingus High School Competition Winners Announced
Wed, Feb. 17 2010
THE WINNING ENSEMBLES AND OUTSTANDING SOLOISTS ARE: BIG BAND CATEGORY
Adjudicators:  Justin DiCioccio, Conrad Herwig and Boris KozlovBEST BIG BAND – REGULAR HIGH SCHOOL
The Rivers Big Band, Philippe Crettien, Band Director
The Rivers School; Weston, MassachusettsBEST BIG BAND – SPECIALIZED SCHOOL
Academy Big Band, Douglas Maher, Band Director
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts; Hartford, ConnecticutMINGUS SPIRIT AWARD
The Mingus Spirit Award was given to the Rio Americano Combo from the Rio Americano High School
in Sacramento, California.  Maxwell Kiesner, Band Director.  Zach Giberson, alto saxophone; Zach Darf, tenor saxophone; Victor San Pedro, guitar; David Williams, piano;  Nathan Swedlow, bass; Jarrett Tracy, drumsCOMBO CATEGORY
Adjudicators: Gunther Schuller, Vincent Herring and Andrew HomzyBEST COMBO – REGULAR HIGH SCHOOL
The Foxborough High School Jazz Quintet, Stephen C. Massey, Band Director
Foxborough High School; Foxborough, Massachusetts
Brendan Thomas, alto and tenor saxophones; Matt Muirhead, trumpet; Ian Ayers, guitar; Connor Schultze, Bass;  and Christian Lyman, drumsBEST COMBO – SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOL
Manasia Improv Ensemble, Jeremy Manasia, Band Director
Manhattan School of Music Precollege; New York, New York
Elijah Shiffer, alto saxophone; Kevin Sun, tenor saxophone; Adam O’Farrill, trumpet; Luke Celenza, piano;  Daryl Johns, bass; and Clint Mobley, drums

BEST ARRANGER
Elijah Shiffer awarded “Outstanding Arranger” for his arrangement of Mingus’s Jelly Roll.  Mr. Shiffer,  from Mount Vernon, NY, attends the Manhattan School of Music Precollege.

OUTSTANDING SECTION
The Saxophone Section from the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Big Band; Jeremy Manasia, Band Director
Elijah Shiffer, David Kolchmeyer, alto sax; Kevin Sun, Miguel Rodriguez, tenor sax; and Michael Schramm, baritone sax

OUTSTANDING SOLOISTS
Bass:  Connor Schultze
Foxborough High School, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Guitar:  Victor San Pedro
Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, California

Trombone: Tom Chalmers
Trumpet: Ross Hoyt
Bass:  Henry Fraser
The Rivers School, Weston, Massachusetts

Trumpet: Adam O’Farrill
Piano:  Luke Celenza
Alto Sax: Elijah Shiffer
Tenor Sax: Kevin Sun
Bass:  Daryl Johns
Manhattan School of Music Precollege, New York, NY

Drums:  Xavier Hill
York College/CUNY, New York, NY

Piano:  Mike Raleigh
Boston Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts

Alto Sax: Elliot Scozzaro
Kenmore East High School, Tonawanda, New York

Tenor Sax: Lomar Brown
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, Connecticut

Soprano Sax: Erik Stabnau
Trombone: Nelson Campbell
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

The Charles Mingus High School Competition was open this year to high school jazz combos and big bands nationwide. (Last year’s competition, the first of its kind, was open to ensembles from the Northeast.)  The goal of the competition is to provide an opportunity for high school music students to explore the enormously varied works of Charles Mingus and to find their own voices within the music.  The finalists were chosen from high school jazz bands from across the country: California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

In addition to the Charles Mingus High School Competition that took place on Sunday, the two-day Charles Mingus Festival  included on Saturday, February 13, clinics given by members of the Mingus repertory bands, a student jam session, and a concert of Mingus’s music showcasing his blues and gospel roots. Performing the concert was the Mingus Orchestra, with Gunther Schuller and Harpist Edmar Castaneda, guest artist, given at New York City’s historic St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Charles Mingus, a virtuoso bassist, accomplished pianist and bandleader, is recognized as a major 20th-century composer, whose entire works have been acquired by the Library of Congress – a first for jazz, and a first for an African-American composer.  He recorded more than 100 albums and composed more than 300 compositions, music that is still considered far ahead of its time, leaving behind the largest legacy of composition in American music after Duke Ellington.  The Mingus Bands remain devoted to his vast repertoire and under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, play to critical acclaim throughout the world.  Their critical and popular successes are a testament to the power of Mingus’s composition.  The availability of his music through published arrangements, educational books, school courses, and workshops, coupled with the hugely successful Charles Mingus High School Competition, have extended the reach of his legacy.

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Below is a listing of the participating schools and the repertoire that they played:

HIGH SCHOOL COMBOS
Combo Category – Regular High Schools
•   Foxborough High School Jazz Quintet – Stephen C. Massy, Band Director
Foxborough High School, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Program:  Moanin’; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, arr. by group; So Long Eric, arr. by group
•   Rio Americano Combo – Maxwell Kiesner, Band Director
Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, California
Program: Fables of Faubus, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, O.P. arr. collectively by group
•   Rivers Select Combo – Philippe Crettien, Band Director
The Rivers School, Weston, Massachusetts
Program: Pithecanthropus Erectus, arr. Todd Chalmers; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, arr. Henry Fraser, Elliot Berman; Better
Get Hit in Your Soul, arr. by Colin Beagan, Ross Hoyt

Combo Category – Specialized High Schools
•   Eastman Youth Jazz Combo – Howard Potter, Band Director
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York
Program:  Fables of Faubus, Ecculsiastics, O.P. arr. collectively by group
•    Manasia Improv Ensemble – Jeremy Manasia, Band Director
Manhattan School of Music Precollege, New York, New York
Program: Peggy’s Blue Skylight, Jelly Roll, arr. by Elijah Shiffer, Pithecanthropus Erectus
•     York College Blue Notes – Tom Zlabinger, Band Director
York College/CUNY, New York, New York
Program: Slippers, Work Song, Pithecanthropus Erectus, arr. by group

BIG BAND CATEGORY
Big Band Category – Regular High Schools
•    Boston Latin Big Band – Paul J. Pitts, Band Director
Boston Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts
Program:  Nostalgia in Times Square, Sue’s Changes, Haitian Fight Song
•    Kenmore East High School Jazz Band – Phil Aguglia, Band Director
Kenmore East High School, Tonawanda, New York
Program:  Fables of Faubus, Self-Portrait in Three Colors; Better Get Hit in Your Soul
•    Rivers Big Band – Philippe Crettien, Band Director
The Rivers School, Weston, Massachusetts
Program:  Songs with Orange, Sue’s Changes, Haitian Fight Song

Big Band Category – Specialized High Schools
•    MSM Precollege Big Band – Jeremy Manasia, Band Director
Manhattan School of Music Precollege, New York, NY
Program: Better Get Hit in Your Soul, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Boogie Stop Shuffle
•    Academy Big Band – Douglas Maher, Band Director
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, Connecticut
Program: Opus 4, Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love, GG Train
•    Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra – Howard Potter, Band Director
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York
Program: Duke Ellington’s Sounds of Love, Jelly Roll, Haitian Fight Song

* * * * *All photos by Brian Hatton

NYT: Mingus High School Competition & FestIval and Mingus Orchestra at St. Bart’s
Fri, Feb. 12 2010
★ CHARLES MINGUS FESTIVAL (Saturday and Sunday) The centerpiece of this weekend affair, celebrating the music and memory of the bassist-composer Charles Mingus, is a free concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, featuring the Mingus Orchestra, conducted by Gunther Schuller, in a cathedral setting [St. Bart's]. At Manhattan School of Music on Sunday the Charles Mingus High School Competition culminates in early-evening performances by the MSM’s Mingus Jazz Combo (at 5:30 p.m.) and the professional-grade Mingus Dynasty Band (at 6). MSM 122nd and Broadway, msmnyc.edu / St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Avenue at 51st Street, (212) 378-0248, stbarts.org; free. (Chinen) (details corrected)
NY Post: Mingus High School Competition & FestIval and Mingus Orchestra at St. Bart’s
Fri, Feb. 12 2010
“It seems only right that entry would be free to this weekend’s tribute to Charles Mingus, who was inarguably one of jazz’s most irrepressible figures. The second annual Charles Mingus Festival starts Saturday at 12:15 p.m. with “Mingus Movies,” followed by a 2 p.m. rhythm, sax and brass clinic; a 3:30 p.m. jam session featuring high school musicians from all over the country; and a 7 p.m. Mingus Orchestra performance at St. Bartholomew’s Church (325 Park Ave., at 50th Street). The party continues Sunday with a 10 a.m. competition among high school jazz combos, a 2:15 p.m. battle of high school big bands, a performance by the Mingus Dynasty at 6 p.m. and, finally, a 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony for the bands that played earlier in the day. Except for Saturday’s concert, it all happens at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue, at East 122nd St.; 212-749-2802, mingusmingusmingus.com.”

2009 News Summary

Guardian Life Magazine, Lagos, article on Mingus
Wed, Nov. 25 2009
“Play Yourself” blog post on Mingus from William Horberg
Fri, Nov. 13 2009
Hazel Scott, ‘Relaxed Piano Moods’
Fri, Nov. 13 2009
Video with Mingus
The Clayton State University in Georgia presents Big Band Arrangements of the Music of Charles Mingus
Sun, Nov. 1 2009
Concert is Monday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. Admission is free.
Yale Jazz Ensemble Concert to Feature Music of Thad Jones, George Gershwin, Charles Mingus
Sun, Nov. 1 2009
Concert Nov 9th.
Christine Fagan and the Impressions in Jazz Orchestra present their spin on music by Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus (Ottawa)
Fri, Oct. 30 2009
Concert Friday, October 30
S.F. Jazz Festival honors East Bay saxophonist John Handy
Thu, Oct. 29 2009
UC Santa Barbara Symphony Presents Halloween-Themed Performance
Thu, Oct. 29 2009
Thursday, Oct. 29th at 9 pm in Lotte Lehman Concert Hall.
“The jazz band will perform works by the larger-than-life bassist Charles Mingus, known for his virtuosic bass playing, perfectionist band leading, and prodigious composing. The choice of Mingus for the Halloween Spooktacular comes as no surprise; his dissonant compositions often reflect a tormented psyche.”
Independent Weekly Review of Mingus Big Band at Duke
Mon, Oct. 5 2009
“Solo performances like pianist David Kikoski’s and a head-twisting workout by baritone sax player Lauren Sevian pointed out the outfit’s ability to play with Mingus’s work. A whole set of that was full of heart-swelling instances of uplift.”
Ellen Johnson sings Mingus in concert
Mon, Oct. 5 2009
Mingus Sisters Audio Book Now Available
Wed, Sep. 23 2009
Recordings of Charles Mingus’ sisters Grace and Vivian sharing narratives of growing up in Watts with Mingus.

Pithecanthropus Erectus for symphonic orchestra and jazz musicians now available through Boosey & Hawkes
Tue, Aug. 25 2009
Boosey & Hawkes proudly makes available for the first time Pithecanthropus Erectus, a groundbreaking piece for symphonic orchestra and jazz musicians by one of the most important figures in twentieth century American music – virtuoso bassist, accomplished composer, and bandleader, Charles Mingus.Alvin Ailey choreographed an hour program called “The Mingus Dances” during a 1972 collaboration with the Robert Joffrey Ballet Company, in which Pithecanthropus Erectus was featured.Please contact Adina Williams at Boosey & Hawkes for perusal scores and more information regarding this brand new work available from Boosey & Hawkes.

Pithecanthropus Erectus was Charles Mingus’s breakthrough as a leader and composer.The year was 1956. The defining moment was framed in no less than the historic Atlantic Studios in New York City, with the legendary producer Nesuhi Ertegün at the ready. From the start of the title cut, Mingus electrified with a 4-bar motif that would later be compared to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.”As an unrivalled master of the bass, Mingus also established himself with this masterwork as an extraordinarily rich composer.

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Photo credit: Steve Huey, allmusic.com

 

Mingus Big Band placed second in Downbeat Critics poll
Sun, Aug. 9 2009
Mingus Big Band nominated for Downbeat Readers poll. Voting contines through Aug 24th.
Sun, Aug. 9 2009
Lucid Culture Concert Review: The Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard, NYC 7/27/09
Thu, Jul. 30 2009
“The weekly Monday Mingus show at the Jazz Standard is New York’s most transcendent weekly residency. It’s probably the best in the entire world.”
Author Aleksandar Hemon on Mingus in NYT
Thu, Jul. 23 2009
9) Solo Dancer from The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Charles Mingus. My mind still fails to grasp the exact limits of Mingus’s greatness. During the time I was writing “The Noble Truths of Suffering”
(“Love and Obstacles”), I listened to a lot of Mingus. I would take my
dog for a walk before sleep on the beach near our house and would be
overwhelmed with the desire to dance. The dog would be racing up and
down the sand and I would be convulsing in the rhythms of Mingus. “The
Noble Truths of Suffering” has been labeled anti-American by some
patriotic readers. But all I have to submit to refute that charge is my
love for American music, as exemplified by Mingus and other jazz greats.
Free Mingus Dynasty plus films at SummerStage in Central Park NYC
Wed, Jul. 22 2009
Asbury Shorts: An Evening of the World’s Best Short Films
Mingus Dynasty Quintet

 

Thursday, August 06, 2009

From 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Central Park SummerStage
A dynamic evening of live music, celebrity guests, and elite
award-winning short films compiled from the past ten years.
Asbury Shorts,
New York City’s longest running exhibition of award-winning independent
short films presents “An Evening of the World’s Best Short Films,”
featuring live music, celebrity guests, and noteworthy, festival
award-winning short films compiled over the past ten years. Films to be
featured include: Super Powers – Best Short Film, 2007 Tribeca Film Festival; Yours Truly – voted best animated short film at over five international festivals; Gulp – Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner; Tanghi Argentini – Audience Prize, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival; plus other classic shorts.

The exceptional Mingus Dynasty Quintet is one of
the repertory bands whose mission is to carry on the works of Charles
Mingus, a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, renowned
bandleader, brilliant composer, longtime New York City resident and
uncompromising force of nature. He played and recorded with the leading
musicians of the 50s, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud
Powell, Art Tatum and Duke Ellington. One of the few bassists to do so,
Mingus became a leader of musicians and was at the forefront of the
avant-garde. His sound is rhythmic, dynamic, totally unconventional and
utterly unmistakable.

 

 

Houston Press review of Epitaph DVD
Mon, Jul. 13 2009
Under the Radar Magazine review of Mingus Ah Um
Mon, Jul. 13 2009
“Ah Um casts quite a, um, shadow. It’s damn near perfect,
opening with “Better Git It in Your Soul,” one of the slammingest
statements of intent to ever spin at 33 1/3. The assembled cook at an
exuberant temperature, driven by Mingus’ on-off-mike shouts of coarse,
exuberant joy. “Oh, yeah!” he barks at strategic intervals. (The
exclamation/trademark would later grace a ’62 LP.) While Mingus
encourages, drummer Dannie Richmond commands, insistent behind the kit.
Tributes abound in the Lester Young eulogy “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,”
featuring John Handy’s tenor sax aching through a spectral mist, the
Morton nod “Jelly Roll,” and an “Open Letter to Duke” scrawled to Mr.
Ellington, whose “Mood Indigo” and “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be”
were Mingus-stamped on Dynasty.The famous “Fables of Faubus” has outpaced the legacy of its
name-checked target, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus, who in 1957 used
National Guardsmen to prevent a group of black students from entering
Little Rock High School then shut down the entire city’s school system
for the 1958-59 academic year (great time for jazz, not so much for
America). The horn section sounds simultaneously scornful and amused,
with Mingus’ defiant thumps mocking its gasbag subject. “Pussy Cat
Dues” enters a Basin Street bordello on Jimmy Knepper’s trombone prowl;
Horace Parlan wiggles his ivory eyebrows, digging through his pockets
for cash.”
Pop Matters review of Mingus Ah Um
Mon, Jul. 13 2009
“Mingus Ah Um sounds like the 20th Century: it is a self-portrait of a man who helped define the direction of post-bop jazz, commenting on the country that created him.”
London Evening Standard: Mingus Dynasty Alive and Kicking
Mon, Jul. 13 2009
Mingus Dynasty is alive and kickingBy Jack Massarik, Evening Standard07.07.09

Mingus Dynasty

Well played: Trumpeter Alexander Sipiagin does Mingus Dynasty

It’s
exactly half a century since 1959, something of an annus mirabilis of
jazz, being the recording date of three seminal albums — Kind of Blue,
Giant Steps and Mingus Ah Um. Their progenitors, Miles DavisJohn Coltrane
and Charles Mingus, are all long gone, but Mingus’s feisty widow, Sue,
keeps his music alive with a vengeance fuelled by the struggle to hear
it performed during his lifetime.

Listening to a brilliant
septet drawn from this orchestra last night, one was struck by how well
Mingus’s ensemble arrangements are now played, far more precisely than
when he was alive. His original soloists were superb but it has taken
50 loving years for section players to reel off his complex orchestral
visions. And how proud Charles would have been to find two Russians —
bassist Boris Kozlov and trumpeter Alexander Sipiagian —among them, a
living embodiment of his multi-racial dream.

Reincarnation of a Love Bird, Mingus’s salute to Charlie Parker,
drew impressive solos from Sipiagin and altoist Craig Handy. Goodbye
Pork Pie Hat, a classic requiem for Lester Young, inspired masterly
tenor-sax from London-born Wayne Escoffery and a powerful new vocal —
“he took him a white wife and some saw red/ enough to drive them from
their hotel bed” — by trombonist Frank Lacy.

A lesser-known
Mingus gem, GG Train, featured Donald Edwards, latest in a long line of
butt-kicking drummers dating back to the great Dannie Richmond. Give
yourself a treat and hear them.

Mingus in Annual Review of Jazz Studies
Mon, Jun. 29 2009
Churchy Blues, Bluesy Church: Vernacular Tropes, Expression, and Structure in Charles Mingus’s “Ecclusiastics”
by Horace J. Maxile, Jr.
Musician-organized OFF Festival de Jazz in Montreal
Fri, Jun. 12 2009
“The festival will close with a special two-set performance
by Guilbeault’s large ensemble doing rarely performed works by Charles Mingus such as Black Saint and the Sinner Lady at the Lion d’Or on June 27.”http://www.lofffestivaldejazz.com/programmation/27-20h.html
Mingus Monday Audience comments from past two weeks
Wed, Jun. 10 2009
Comments for the last two weeks of Mingus Bands @ Jazz Standard (not selective, this is ALL of the comments!)06/01/09 – Big Band”Incredibly fascinating””The jazz show inspired me to become a jazz musician.  This is my 3rd time seeing it!””Until tonight I was a jazz hater but this I loved, particularly the piece they played for the first time””Perfect – Awesome – Stimulating – Great – Superb – Fascinating – Extremely Entertaining”

“My head is cooked – in a good way”

“Having only learned Jazz history in school, this experience transcended the confines of a classroom.  It was a collaboration that amounted to something far greater than the already extraordinary sum of its parts”

“Personally the most fantastic evening of jazz I’ve enjoyed and the food was good”

“Uplifting, inspirational and authentic.  The real deal!”

“Moves you where you need to go!”

“It was fabulous! Really swings.  Top notch musicians”

“Loved it!”

“It was amazing!  I loved it.”

“Mingus Lives!….at the Jazz Standard.”

“Great!  We loved it.  Thanks for making great jazz available on Monday nights.”

“It kicked – It’s Mingus!”

“Great cooperation b/w players!”

“I loved the show, it’s almost as if the music was telling a story.”

“Fantastic”

“Very good.  Yes.”

“First jazz show in new york.  Amateur jazz fan and was blown away.”

“Off the hook!  Spectacular musicianship!”

“Good musicians and nice to see them having fun!”

“Excellento!”

06/08/09 – Dynasty

“Felt like Mingus was among us.  Yes.”

“loved it! And am eager to learn more.  Thank you!”

“Classily redefined Mingus tunes with spellbinding solos that properly preserve his legacy”

“I feel like tasting a great burgundy, enjoining complexity, elegance in a perfect tune”

“SUPERB!!  Thrill to see Sue Mingus”

“Great performance, strong and beautiful”

“Excellent musicians”

“Outstanding, P.S. Great Waitress!!”

“The supple, sinuous, sonorous, flavorings/ stylings of salient Mingus compositions were well rendered by this line-up.”

“Really inspired me to pick up the upright bass guitar”

“Soothing to the senses”

“Mesmerizing”

“Fastastical!  We love NY and the Jazz Standard.  Great music, great service, great food!”

“Great Show.  Love this club.  It’s our second time here, we’ll be back.”

“Loved it”

“great music especially the pianist!!  A mix of small mellow jazz and quick paced jazz”

“Excellent performance, glad the band is perpetuating this great music”

“Excellent”

“Wonderful show!  Awesome!”

“Very Good”

“Fabulous”

“Good show – want to hear Goodbye Porkpie Hat, maybe that is in second set.  Musicians bring the important music of Mingus to life.  It needs to be heard!  Keep up the great work!”

“Like Mingus!  Classic but eclectic and full of surprises”

Mingus Big Band New Year’s Eve Concert on WBGO/NPR
Mon, Jun. 8 2009
Mingus Epitaph at Walt Disney Concert Hall Broadcast on NPR
Mon, Jun. 8 2009
Mingus Big Band nominated for JJA Large Ensemble of the Year
Wed, May. 27 2009
Mingus Big Band has been nominated for Large Ensemble of the Year. Winner will be announced June 16, 2009 at a reception at Jazz Standard.Congrats to all the nominees!
Mingus at the Showplace
Wed, May. 27 2009
The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor featured Mingus at the Showplace by William Matthews
Jazz takes a giant leap with Bellevue Jazz Festival (Preview of Mingus Big Band)
Wed, May. 27 2009
Jazz takes a giant leap with Bellevue Jazz FestivalThe Bellevue Jazz Festival, with main stage acts Dianne Reeves, the Mingus Big Band, Kurt Elling, Mose Allison, Patricia Barber and Danilo Perez, takes place at Meydenbauer Center and other downtown Bellevue venues May 22-24, 2009.
Another review of Epitaph 1989 now on DVD
Wed, May. 27 2009
“Even if Mingus doesn’t play on it, this 1989 orchestral bangup is one of my favorite Charles Mingus concerts. Great to see it out on DVD.”
Seattle Times: At Bellevue Jazz Fest, fine music overcomes settings
Wed, May. 27 2009
“Saturday night, the festival featured the Mingus Big Band, musician for musician one of the most spirited and technically gifted bands in the country.”
JazzWax: Article on the song Fables of Faubus
Wed, May. 27 2009
Review of Ah Um new Vinyl release
Wed, May. 27 2009
Photos of Mingus Big Band in Bellevue
Wed, May. 27 2009
Pop Matters review of 1989 Epitaph
Wed, May. 27 2009
Review of recent DVD release of 1989 Epitaph
Wed, May. 20 2009
Opportunity for New York high school jazz students: Brass players needed for York College Summer Jazz Program
Mon, May. 18 2009
York College Summer Jazz Program ’09 needs brass players!
From Tom Zlabinger:”We held auditions for York College Summer Jazz Program ’09 this weekend. Although we had a great turnout and I was very impressed by the musicianship, we are a little thin on brass, both trumpets and trombones. If you know anyone who would be interested in studying jazz performance and music theory this summer, please have them contact me. This is a scholarship program for NYC public high school sophomores and juniors. EVERYTHING is paid for by the city of New York: Tuition, books, MTA card, lunch voucher, music stand, metronome and more! It’s a professional big band environment and students get private lessons!!! Lex Samu (trumpet) and John Yao (trombone) will be our instructors. Students earn 5-college credits upon completion. And the band has several gigs over the summer, including one at the Louis Armstrong House on Satchmo’s birthday!! The dates of SJP ’09 are June 29 – August 7, Monday – Thursday @ 9 – 3 p.m. and classes and rehearsals take place in the York College Performing Arts Center in Jamaica, Queens.For more information on the program and its alumni, go to:http://www.myspace.com/yorkcollegebluenotes
For more information on SJP ’09 brass instructors Lex and John:http://www.lexsamu.com/

http://www.johnyao.com/

 

Students must be able to read music and have their own instrument. No jazz experience is necessary. Please circulate this to as many people as you can. Interested students should contact me directly. I will happily schedule a one-on-one audition. I will also hold a general audition in mid-June. The exact date will be announced this week once it is scheduled. I’ll be sure to let you know. Just wanted to get the word out about the openings ASAP.

Thank you for your help! This summer’s band is already going to be serious! Help me get some deserving brass players in there to join us for the ride!!!

Tom Zlabinger - www.myspace.com/tomzlabinger

Bass Player / Ethnomusicologist
Director, The York College Big Band, The Blue Notes, and The Summer Jazz Program
Department of Performing & Fine Arts – Music
York College/CUNY

94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451

www.york.cuny.edu

Philadelphia Daily News mention of new DVD of 1989 Mingus Epitaph
Tue, May. 12 2009
“It took a brassy, all-star, 30-member band, including two bassists (!) to do justice to Charles Mingus’ “Epitaph” at the 1989 concert of the same name finally available on Eagle Eye Media DVD (A). Reconstructed a decade after the legendary bassist/composer’s death, the Gunther Schuller-conducted work opens in Mingus’ most disruptive “third stream” vein. But it soon shifts into more accessible and synchronized territory. And it sure doesn’t hurt that every solo (by the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Jerome Richardson, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie and others) is an homage to Mingus’ liberated genius.”
Beneath the Underdogs: Mingus and Partch. May 15th Film Screening at Chicago Cultural Center
Thu, May. 7 2009
The music of Mingus lives on in a weekly series by Zan Stewart/The Star-Ledger
Wed, May. 6 2009
Band honors Charles Mingus, jazzman with enduring legacy By PIERRE RUHE The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wed, May. 6 2009
Newsweek: Jazz Standards That Aren’t
Thu, Apr. 30 2009
Poetry Out Loud competition: “Mingus at the Showplace” by William Matthew
Thu, Apr. 30 2009
Mexican Connection: Mingus and Orson Wells
Tue, Apr. 28 2009
Flickr user smata2 slideshow of Mingus Big Band
Tue, Apr. 28 2009
Review of Mingus Big Band in Greeley, Colorado
Sun, Apr. 26 2009
NPR JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater features Mingus Big Band
Thu, Apr. 16 2009
Lineup announced for Vicenza Jazz 2009
Sat, Apr. 11 2009
Mingus Dynasty plays May 15
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Mingus
Mon, Apr. 6 2009
Blog review of MBB: “So musical a discord, such sweet thunder”
Mon, Apr. 6 2009
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Band honors Charles Mingus, jazzman with enduring legacy
Sun, Apr. 5 2009
Mingus Awareness Project-May 7-ALS fundraiser at Hideout in Chicago
Sun, Apr. 5 2009
On Thursday, May 7th, a group of musicians will gather at The Hideout
to celebrate the life and music of Charles Mingus, and to benefit the
Les Turner ALS Foundationhttp://www.mingusawarenessproject.org
http://www.hideoutchicago.com
Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival April 17-19
Wed, Apr. 1 2009
“Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival” will be held this year April 17-19, 2009 again celebrating Charles’ birthday, with a full range of jazz bands, artists, and events, including an educational component going into schools at all levels.http://www.mingusproject.com
Columbus State Jazz Festival to Feature Mingus Big Band
Thu, Mar. 26 2009
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Jazz artists, from the high school level to the
internationally respected Mingus Big Band, will come together for the
inaugural Columbus State Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, April 3-4,
at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus.
Review of Charles Mingus: Thirteen Pictures on Elsewhere
Mon, Mar. 23 2009
Mingus bassist Andy McKee leads Mingus Ah Um tribute at New School
Mon, Mar. 23 2009
Spring New School Jazz Presents: Mingus Music America(2)
03/26/2009 8:00 p.m.The second of two concerts in tribute to Charles Mingus features New School Jazz faculty Andy McKee. The band includes Andy McKee on bass, New School Jazz alumni Mike Moreno on guitar and Jason Marshall on baritone saxophone, Idris Muhammad on drums, Ivan Renta on tenor saxophone, and current New School Jazz student Ilana Worrell on vocals. Location: Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 5th floorAdmission:$10; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

 

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: Mingus Concert on April 9th
Mon, Mar. 23 2009
Mingus Panel discussion in L.A. April 28th
Mon, Mar. 23 2009
Mingus Panel DiscussionA Zócalo/City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs EventModerated by Oscar Garza, Senior Editor, Los Angeles Daily NewsTuesday, April 28, 2009, 7:30 pmBarnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free parking in the lot at the bottom of the hill and in parking spaces surrounding the perimeter of the Barnsdall Art Park.
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

 

From his first concert piece, written when he
was 17, to his expansive, 19-movement, 4,000-measure opus “Epitaph,”
which he claimed to have written for his tombstone, Charles Mingus
built a remarkable legacy as a jazz bassist, band leader, and composer.
His body of work is second only to Duke Ellington’s in size, and
arguably matches it in quality, combining innovation with mastery,
spontaneity with precise orchestration, tuneful melodies with pulsing
rhythms and inimitable flurries of sound. Mingus, who grew up in Watts,
was also a teacher to many musicians at his Jazz Workshop, an activist
for racial equality, and a performer praised for his passion and
lambasted for his temper. Thirty years after his death, Zócalo hosts a
panel of Mingus experts, friends and fellow musicians to discuss the
life and continuing legacy of the jazz great.

 

One off gig won’t be quickly forgotten
Sun, Mar. 22 2009
Working in the Arts: The New York Experience
Sun, Mar. 22 2009
Our intern Trish in her college paper!
Magnet Magazine: From The Desk Of Superdrag’s John Davis: Charles Mingus-“Oh Yeah”
Sun, Mar. 22 2009
On BBC4: 1959: The Year that Changed Jazz
Sun, Mar. 22 2009

On BBC Four

1959: The Year that Changed Jazz

 

Synopsis

1959
was the seismic year jazz broke away from complex bebop music to new
forms, allowing soloists unprecedented freedom to explore and express.
It was also a pivotal year for America; the nation was finding its
groove, enjoying undreamt of freedom and wealth, social, racial and
upheavals were just around the corner, and jazz was ahead of the curve.

Four major jazz albums were made, each a high water mark for the
artists and a powerful reflection of the times. Each opened up dramatic
new possibilities for jazz which continue to be felt: Miles Davis, Kind
Of Blue; Dave Brubeck, Time Out; Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um; and
Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come.

Rarely seen archive performances help vibrantly bring the era to
life and explore what made these albums vital both in 1959 and the 50
years since. The programme contains interviews with Lou Reed, Dave
Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Joe Morello
(Brubeck’s drummer) and Jimmy Cobb (the only surviving member of Miles’
band), along with a host of jazz movers and shakers from the 50s and
beyond.

Broadcasts

 

 

 

Sony Legacy releasing special 50th Anniversary Edition of Mingus Ah Um
Fri, Mar. 13 2009
Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus: 2009 also
marks the 30th anniversary of the death of the mercurial
bandleader-composer, who had the budget at Columbia to double his
two-horn front-line for the big sound of “Better Git It In Your Soul”
and “Fables Of Faubus”, and homages to jazz greats Ellington (“Open
Letter To Duke”), Morton (“Jelly Roll”), recently deceased Lester Young
(“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”), and Mingus himself (“Self-Portrait in Three
Colors”). The film noir quality of this album — considered to
be one of the five truly essential Mingus LPs — predates a certain
vein of film music later popularized by Henry Mancini. Liner notes for
the 2009 edition of Mingus Ah Um are written by three-time Grammy Award-winning producer-annotator Michael Cuscuna.
Mingus Big Band’s Andy McKee leads Mingus Ah Um anniversary tribute at New School
Fri, Mar. 6 2009
Wed 3/26: Andy McKee, Vic Juris, Idris Muhammad,
Becca Stevens & Ivan Renta at The New School for Jazz
& Contemporary Music. 8:00pm. “Mingus Ah Um.” $10;
free for students, faculty, staff & alumni. Arnhold Hall, 55 W.
13th St., 5th Floor. www.newschool.edu/jazz
TV segment on MBB in New Zealand
Fri, Mar. 6 2009

Mercury News: Shows Not to be Missed in SFJazz Spring Season
Fri, Mar. 6 2009
8. Mingus Dynasty featuring John Handy, May 3, 7 p.m., Palace of the Fine Arts Theatre. Oakland-raised John Handy was already one of the most innovative young altoists on the scene when he joined the volatile bassist-composer Charles Mingus in 1959. Five decades later, the searing saxophone solos he contributed to the classic albums “Mingus Ah Um,” “Blues and Roots” and “Mingus Dynasty” still sound fresh and bracing. Handy hasn’t revisited the Mingus book much, which makes his collaboration with the talent-laden seven-piece combo Mingus Dynasty an exceptional event.
Macau Daily Times: Jazz extravaganza night in CCM with Mingus Big Band
Fri, Mar. 6 2009
The Mingus Big Band on Monday evening filled the Macau Cultural Centre’s (CCM) Grand Auditorium with invigorating jazz extravaganza and was acclaimed by the audience for their performance of the legendary bass player and composer tunes.The jazzier rhythmic and humour of the late Charles Mingus lyrics enveloped the jazz lovers and surprised the mere curious ones. Lauded as “the best jazz orchestra in the world” by the Washington Post, the Mingus Big Band performed for the first time at CCM, being a highlight programme for its 10th anniversary celebrations.The Mingus Big Band is a very well known New York institution and six-Grammy nominated artist, which held residencies in some of the best jazz clubs in the United States, and toured extensively abroad to Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong.In last night concert, they played old and new arrangements creating a spirited blend of the lush harmonies and boisterous blues sections, interwoven ensemble passages and sudden tempo shifts and showed brawling, muscular, hard-swinging, bluesy way Mingus loved to play in an authentic homage concert to the most important jazz figures in 20th century American music.Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born in Arizona in 1922, the American, with Asian influences, studied double bass and composition in a formal way, while absorbing vernacular music from the great jazz masters in the likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. He died in 1979 from a nervous disease and left more than 300 masterpieces.

Independent Ear reviews Mingus Big Band at Jazz Standard
Wed, Mar. 4 2009
“Of all the jazz widows of great masters my hat has long been off to Sue Mingus for the tireless way she has gone about maintaining and upholding the legacy of Charles Mingus and his music. The Mingus Big Band is currently enjoying a Monday night residency at the Jazz Standard, a club which among other things enjoys hands-down the best menu and cooking of any jazz club in Manhattan. Among her many efforts Sue Mingus has been quite clever about doing more than just ensuring gigs for the Mingus Big Band, Orchestra, and Dynasty; she has always stayed one step ahead of the game by seeking fresh approaches to their presentations. For example this year they’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of three important Mingus records: “Blues and Roots”, “Ah Um”, and “Dynasty”. So the band is performing music pretty much exclusively from those three sessions — though they did veer off into some slightly more obscure Mingus from his “Baron Mingus” days for a vocal selection — and the results are bracingly fresh as always. Nominal co-leadership of the band appears to be shared by bassist Boris Kozlov, who performs on Charles’ famed lion’s head bass, and tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, who also share the various intros. Among other marvelous moments on this particular evening were excursions into such Mingus lore as “My Jelly Roll Soul” and “GG Train”, tunes that have not been often performed otherwise. Among the stalwarts in the big band on that particular Monday were saxophonists Vincent Herring, Abraham Burton, Jason Marshall, and Donny McCaslin; trumpeters Randy Brecker, Kenny Rampton, and former VJO trumpeter Earl Gardner (still one of the best lead trumpeters on the planet), trombonists Frank Lacy (who contributed one of his customary humorous vocal turns) and Andy Hunter, Donald Edwards on drums, and the bracingly fresh Orrin Evans on piano, who injected some wicked clave into one of his turns. When a band boasts such sturdy soloists it can be difficult for each to get a proper turn, but indeed each did as the set was very skillfully arranged.”
High School Competition: Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes: Make Room for Mingus
Mon, Mar. 2 2009
Winners announced for First Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition
Thu, Feb. 26 2009
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL
CHARLES MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND COMPETITION
Sue Mingus and Justin DiCioccio, Producers
HELD AT MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSICSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009

5 Combos and 5 Big Bands Hailing from High Schools in the North East competed for top honorsThe FIRST Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition was part of a 3-Day Mingus Summit held February 20-22 at MSM

New York City – Sue Mingus, Director of Let My Children Hear Music and Justin DiCioccio, Assistant Dean and Chair of Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Arts Program, announced the winners of the 1st Annual Charles Mingus High School Jazz Band Competition in an awards ceremony held at the conclusion of the all-day competition that took place at Manhattan School of Music on Sunday, February 22. In presenting the awards, Justin DiCioccio commented, “The playing by all, in both the combos and big bands, was magnificent today.” Sue Mingus said, “All of the adjudicators were astonished with the musicianship heard today. Everyone who performed was wonderful.”
Awards were given in two categories — for Jazz Combo and for Big Band.

The winners are:

Combo Category
Adjudicators: Justin DiCioccio, Conrad Herwig and Vincent Herring

Best Combo
Winner, Non-specialized High School – King Philip Regional High School Jazz Combo 1
Wrentham, Massachusetts; Band Directors: Peter Levesque and Peter Tileston

Winner, Performing Arts High School – Manhattan School of Music Precollege Combo
New York, New York; Band Director: Jeremy Manasia

Outstanding Combo Rhythm Section
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Jazz Ensemble 3, Hartford, CT
Band Directors: Kris Allen and Jimmy Greene
Rhythm Section: Terrance Shider, piano; Alec Beloin, guitar;
Matt Dwonszyk, bass; Jimmy McBride and Mike Allegue, drums

Best Arrangement
Elijah Shiffer, Manhattan School of Music Precollege Combo for Fables of Faubus

Outstanding Soloists

Trumpet: Adam O’Farrill
Vocalist: Martina DaSilva
LaGuardia High School Jazz Quintet, New York, NY;
Band Director: Kevin Blancq

Trombone: Chris Palmer
Bass: Gina Giacalone
King Philip Regional High School Jazz Combo 1, Wrentham, MA
Band Directors: Peter Levesque and Peter Tileston

Alto Sax: Elijah Shiffer
Tenor Sax: Kevin Sun
Manhattan School of Music Precollege Combo, New York, NY
Band Director: Jeremy Manasia

Piano: Terrance Shider
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Jazz Ensemble 3 Hartford, CT;
Band Directors: Kris Allen and Jimmy Greene

Tenor Sax: Casey Berman
The Rivers School, Rivers Select 1 Combo, Weston, MA
Band Director: Philippe Crettien

Big Band Category
Adjudicators: Gunther Schuller, Boris Kozlov and Donny McCaslin

Best Big Band
Winner, Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Rochester, New York;
Band Director: Howard Potter

Best Rhythm Section
LaGuardia Senior Jazz Band, New York, NY; Band Director: Kevin Blancq
Max Coburn, piano; Oliver Marsh, piano; Noam Londy, guitar; Joseph Endozo, guitar; Joanna Sternberg, bass; Harry Rubin-Falcone, bass; Zack O’Farrill, drums; Clint Mobley, drums

Best Trumpet Section
Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, Lexington, MA;
Band Director: Jeffrey Leonard
Evan Marcantonio, Nick Singer, Christian Ulmer, and Mikko Silliman, trumpets
Photo by Brian Hatton

Outstanding Soloists

Tenor Sax: Nick Lippa
Gates Chili High School Jazz Ensemble, Rochester, NY
Band Director: Christopher Oldfield

Trombone: Tom Chalmers
Rivers Big Band, The Rivers School, Weston, MA;
Band Director: Philippe Crettien

Trumpet: Ivan Rosenberg
Bass: Joanne Sternberg
Vibes: Clint Mobley
LaGuardia Senior High Jazz Band, New York, NY;
Band Director: Kevin Blancq

Piano: Josh Condon
Guitar: Gabe Condon
Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Rochester , NY;
Band Director: Howard Potter

Tenor Sax: Nathan Katz
Piano: Steven Feifke
Drums: John Cho
Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, Lexington, MA
Band Director: Jeffrey Leonard

The 1st Annual Charles Mingus High School Jazz Band Competition was open to high school jazz combos and big bands hailing from the North East: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Some 60 submissions were received for the first round of pre-screening CDs, with five combos selected and five big bands chosen to compete in Sunday’s competition. The goal of the competition is to provide an opportunity for high school music students to explore the enormously varied works of Charles Mingus, and to find their own individual voices within the music. The competing high school jazz combos and big bands and the Mingus tunes they performed, are listed at the end of the press release.

The 2009-10 Charles Mingus High School Jazz Band Competition will be expanded to high schools nationwide. For information, contact Sue Mingus at Let My Children Hear Music, 484 West 43rd Street, 43-S, New York, NY 10036, (212) 736 – 4749,
(212) 736-6149, fax, or visit www.mingusmingusmingus.com/JazzEducation.

In addition to the 1st Annual Charles Mingus High School Jazz Band Competition, the Mingus Summit included on Friday, February 20th, a keynote address given by Gunther Schuller, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Justin DiCioccio with Vincent Herring, Conrad Herwig, Andy McKee, Sue Mingus and Gunther Schuller, discussing “Mingus Music in the 21st Century.’ On Saturday, February 21, the Manhattan School of Music Charles Mingus Student Jazz Ensemble, consisting of Remy Le Boeuf, alto saxophone; Samuel Ryder, tenor saxophone; Jonathan Barnes, trumpet; Craig Davis, piano; Ruben Samama, bass and Will Clark, joined by Saxophonist Steve Slagle performed. Sunday afternoon also showcased performances by the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra conducted by Justin DiCioccio and the Mingus Dynasty Band with Boris Kozlov, on Charles Mingus’s lionhead bass; Vincent Herring, alto sax; Donny McCaslin, tenor sax; Alex Sipiagin, trumpet; Conrad Herwig, trombone; Helen Sung, piano and Justin Faulkner, drums (from the Girard Academic Music program in Philadelphia).

Charles Mingus is recognized as a major 20th-century composer, whose entire works have been acquired by the Library of Congress – a first for jazz, and a first for an African-American composer. Mingus left behind the largest legacy of composition in American music after Duke Ellington. The Mingus Bands remain devoted to this vast repertoire and under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, play to critical acclaim throughout the world.

(Listed below are the competing high schools and repertoire played)

Combo Category

LaGuardia High School Jazz Quintet• , New York, NY
Band Director: Kevin Blancq
Program: O.P. (arr. /Adam O’Farrill); Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
(arr. /Kevin Blancq); and Fables of Faubus (arr. /Adam O’Farrill)

King Philip Regional High School Jazz Combo 1• , Wrentham, MA.
Band Directors: Peter Levesque and Peter Tileston
Program: Pithecanthropus Erectus (arr. /Pete Levesque); Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
(arr. /Pete Levesque); and Better Get Hit in Your Soul (arr. /Pete Levesque)

Manhattan School of Music Precollege Combo• , New York, NY
Band Director: Jeremy Manasia
Program: Fables of Faubus (arr. /Elijah Shiffer); Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
(arr. /Jeremy Manasia); and Better Get Hit in Your Soul

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Jazz Ensemble 3,• Hartford, CT
Band Directors: Kris Allen and Jimmy Greene
Program: Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love (arr. /Kris Allen); Pithecanthropus Erectus
(arr. /Kris Allen); and O.P. (arr. /Kris Allen)

The Rivers School, Rivers Select 1 Combo• , Weston, MA
Band Director: Philippe Crettien
Program: Sue’s Changes; Jelly Roll and Boogie Stop Shuffle

Big Band Category

Rivers Big Band• , The Rivers School, Weston, MA
Band Director: Philippe Crettien
Program: Opus 4 (arr. /Boris Kozlov); Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (arr. / Sy Johnson) and
Fables of Faubus (arr. / Steve Slagle)

Gates Chili High School Jazz Ensemble• , Rochester, NY
Band Director: Christopher Oldfield
Program: Moanin’ (arr. /Andrew Homzy); Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
(arr. /Andrew Homzy); and Nostalgia in Times Square (arr. /Sy Johnson)

LaGuardia Senior Jazz Band• , New York, NY
Band Director: Kevin Blancq
Program: Nostalgia in Times Square (arr. /Ronnie Cuber); Goodbye Porkpie Hat
(arr. /Sy Johnson); and Moanin’ (arr. /Sy Johnson)

Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, • Rochester, NY
Band Director: Howard Potter
Program: Moanin’ (arr. /Sy Johnson); Sue’s Changes (arr. /Sy Johnson) and
Gunslinging Bird (arr. /Steve Slagle)

Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble,• Lexington, MA
Band Director: Jeffrey Leonard
Program: Pedal Point Blues (arr. /John Stubblefield); Goodbye Porkpie Hat
(arr. /Sy Johnson); and Nostalgia in Times Square (arr. /Ronnie Cuber)

Pratt Songs review of Charles Mingus: Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Mon, Feb. 23 2009
High School Competition on NY1
Sun, Feb. 22 2009
Mingus Summit starts tonight!
Fri, Feb. 20 2009
This weekend is the First Annual Mingus High School Competition (on Sunday) and exciting 3-day Mingus Summit, all held at Manhattan School of Music at 122nd and Broadway. (directions)
Then check out the amazing lineup we have for the Mingus Dynasty at
Jazz Standard on Monday. We hope you can join us for all or part of it!MINGUS SUMMIT AND HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION SCHEDULEFRIDAY, Feb 20, 2009        7:30pm-9pm        MINGUS SUMMIT
Manhattan School of Music
122nd Street & Broadway, NYC
Greenfield Hall
Keynote Address by Gunther Schuller (Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer/Conductor). Panel Discussion
moderated by Justin DiCioccio (Manhattan School of Music Jazz
Director), with Schuller, Vincent Herring (saxophonist/educator),
Conrad Herwig (trombonist/Professor Jazz Studies, Rutgers), Andy McKee
(bassist/ Director Mingus Ensemble, New School University), and Sue
Mingus (President of Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus
Institute, and creator of the Mingus repertory bands). Free and open to
the public.

SATURDAY, Feb 21, 2009    7:30pm-9:30pm         MINGUS SUMMIT
Manhattan School of Music
122nd Street & Broadway, NYC
John C Borden AuditoriumPerformance by Manhattan School of Music Combo,
featuring guest soloist and director Steve Slagle from the Mingus Big
Band and Remy Le Boeuf, alto saxophone; Samuel Ryder, tenor saxophone;
Jonathan Barnes, trumpet; Craig Davis, piano;
Robert Samama, bass; and Will Clark, drums. Free and open to the public.

SUNDAY, Feb 22, 2009     10am-7pm     MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION
Manhattan School of Music
122nd Street & Broadway, NYC
John C Borden Auditorium
Free and open to the public.

Adjudicators
for the Competition: Conrad Herwig, Gunther Schuller, Boris Kozlov,
Vincent Herring, Justin DiCioccio, and Donny McCaslin.

10am-11:30am COMBO COMPETITION

-    LaGuardia High School Jazz Quintet, New York, NY.  Band Director:  Kevin Blancq
-    King Phillip Regional High School Jazz Combo 1, Wrentham, MA.  Band Directors: Peter Levesque and Peter Tileson
-    Manhattan School of Music Precollege Combo, New York, NY.  Band Director: Jeremy Manasia

11:30am-11:45am SHORT BREAK
11:45am-12:45pm COMBO COMPETITION continued

-    Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Jazz Ensemble 3, Hartford, CT.  Band Directors: Kris Allen and Jimmy Greene
-    The Rivers School, Rivers Select 1 Combo, Weston, MA.  Band Director: Philippe Crettien

12:45pm-2pm LUNCH BREAK
2pm-3:30pm BIG BAND COMPETITION

-    Gates Chili High School Jazz Ensemble, Rochester, NY.  Band Director: Christopher Oldfield
-    Rivers Big Band, The Rivers School, Weston, MA.  Band Director: Philippe Crettien
-    LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, Senior Jazz Band, New York, NY.  Band Director:  Kevin Blancq

3:30pm-3:45pm SHORT BREAK
3:45pm-5pm BIG BAND COMPETITION continued

-    Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Rochester, NY.  Band Director: Howard Potter
-    Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, Lexington, MA.  Band Director, Jeffrey Leonard

5pm PERFORMANCE by the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Justin DiCioccio, just back from conducting orchestra at the Grammy awards!

5:30pm PERFORMANCE by Mingus Dynasty
featuring Boris Kozlov (playing Charles Mingus’ lionhead bass), Vincent
Herring, Conrad Herwig, Donny McCaslin, Justin Faulkner (high school
drummer from Girard Academic Music Program in Philadelphia), Alex
Sipiagin, and Helen Sung.

6pm-7pm AWARDS ceremony and goodbyes.

MONDAY, FEB 23 MINGUS DYNASTY AT JAZZ STANDARD

Alto – flute: Vincent Herring

Tenor Saxophone: Seamus Blake

Trumpet: Alex Sipiagin

Trombone: Ku-umba Frank Lacy

Bass: Boris Kozlov

Piano: David Kikoski

Drums: Jeff “Tain” Watts

SETS AT 7:30 & 9:30.

Doors open an hour prior.

Jazz Standard features wonderful Blue Smoke BBQ. There is never a minimum.
116 East 27th between Park and Lex in NYC 212-576-2232. http://jazzstandard.com


 

New York Press article on Mingus and the High School Competition
Thu, Feb. 19 2009
Thirty Years On, The Music Remains StrongCharles Mingus’ legacy revisited at the Manhattan School of MusicBy Ernest Barteldes
Columbia Spectator article on the High School Competition
Thu, Feb. 19 2009
High School Competition Finalist hometown news: Gates-Chili Again
Mon, Feb. 16 2009

Participating in the first annual competition is both an honor, and history lesson. Besides being a jazz great — Mingus’ entire works have been acquired by the Library of Congress — many of his pieces were inspired by the Civil Rights movement of his day.

“Most of his music is really interesting to listen to because it’s so well written,” said Dan Montgomery, a sophomore bassist. “It speaks to a lot of people.”

 

Mingus Big Band at Jazz Standard Feb 9
Fri, Feb. 6 2009

MONDAY, FEB 9
MINGUS BIG BAND AT JAZZ STANDARD

The evening will feature a 50th anniversary celebration of the great “Blues & Roots” recording released February 9, 1959, on Atlantic Records!  Randy Brecker, who will perform in the Mingus Big Band’s trumpet section, remembers buying this album for $3.98 at the local record store in Philadelphia when he was 13 years old, his first introduction to Mingus!

Trumpets
- Randy Brecker
- Kenny Rampton
- Earl Gardner

Saxophone
- Vincent Herring
- Wayne Escoffery
- Donny McCaslin
- Abraham Burton
- Jason Marshall

Trombones:
- Ku-umba Frank Lacy
- Andy Hunter
- Earl McIntyre

Drums: Donald Edwards
Bass:  Boris Kozlov
Piano: Orrin Evans

SETS AT 7:30 & 9:30.  Doors open an hour prior.

Jazz Standard features wonderful Blue Smoke BBQ. There is never a minimum.
116 East 27th between Park and Lex in NYC 212-576-2232. http://jazzstandard.com

 

Straight No Chaser Blog: Fifty Years Ago Today: Mingus’ “Blues and Roots”
Thu, Feb. 5 2009
AllAboutJazz.com: 3-Day Charles Mingus Tribute at Manhattan School of Music, February 20-22
Thu, Feb. 5 2009
High School Competition Finalist hometown news: Lexington
Thu, Feb. 5 2009
High School Competition Finalist hometown news: Gates-Chili
Thu, Feb. 5 2009
Gates Chili HS jazz group makes finals, sponsors evening of pasta, music
“1959: The Year Jazz Was Reborn” By Gary L. Alexander
Fri, Jan. 23 2009
“A gift from a godmother of jazz” Boston Globe
Fri, Jan. 23 2009

THREE WISHES:
An Intimate Look at Jazz Giants Compiled and photographed by
Pannonica de Koenigswarter
Review of Mingus Ah Um LP release by Matthew Miller – AllAboutJazz.com
Fri, Jan. 23 2009
Drop the needle on Charles Mingus’ bluesy call to prayer on “Better Git It In Your Soul” and Legacy’s decision to include Ah Um in its vinyl series comes into sharp focus. There’s simply no better way to hear the 1959 Columbia masterpiece than on 12″ vinyl and, while it may be hard to detect the business logic behind the series, the meticulous remastering by Allan Tucker makes clear the aesthetic motive.

 

Diane Richardson: Celebrating the music of Charles Mingus
Fri, Jan. 23 2009
Tufts University’s Granoff Music Center PresentsA Performance By Diane Richardson: Celebrating the music of Charles MingusSaturday, February 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm. FREE.
Finalists announced for the First Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition
Fri, Jan. 16 2009
Contact:  Sue Mingus
Let My Children Hear Music
http://www.mingusmingusmingus.com/JazzEducationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFinalists announced for the
First Annual Charles Mingus High School CompetitionNew York, NY – January 15, 2009 – Sue Mingus of Let My Children Hear Music and Justin DiCioccio of The Manhattan School of Music are pleased to announce the finalists in the First Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition.The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:BIG BAND CATEGORYEastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Rochester, NY.  Band Director: Howard Potter

Gates Chili High School Jazz Ensemble, Rochester, NY.  Band Director: Christopher Oldfield

LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, Senior Jazz Band, New York, NY.  Band Director:  Kevin Blancq

Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, Lexington, MA.  Band Director, Jeffrey Leonard

Rivers Big Band, The Rivers School, Weston, MA.  Band Director: Philippe Crettien

COMBO CATEGORY

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Jazz Ensemble 3, Hartford, CT.  Band Directors: Kris Allen and Jimmy Greene

King Phillip Regional High School Jazz Combo 1, Wrentham, MA.  Band Directors: Peter Levesque and Peter Tileson

LaGuardia High School Jazz Quintet, New York, NY.  Band Director:  Kevin Blancq

Manhattan School of Music Precollege Combo, New York, NY.  Band Director: Jeremy Manasia

The Rivers School, Rivers Select 1 Combo, Weston, MA.  Band Director: Philippe Crettien

The Mingus High School Competition will take place on February 22, 2009, as the final event of the three-day Mingus Summit at Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  All events are free and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Big Band, Best Combo, Outstanding Soloists, Outstanding Big Band Section, and Outstanding Combo Arrangement. We are also pleased to announce the surprise news that two scholarships to Manhattan School of Music will be awarded at the Competition.

Next year’s Competition will be open to high schools nationwide. Details will be announced soon in order to allow plenty of time in the spring and summer for preparation.

Our adjudicators were impressed by the high quality of the submissions and thrilled to hear Mingus music played with such heart and commitment. We are all very excited to see Mingus energy thriving and inspiring these young musicians.

Sue Mingus
Justin DiCioccio

MINGUS SUMMIT AND HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, Feb 20, 2009        7:30pm-9pm        MINGUS SUMMIT
Manhattan School of Music
122nd Street & Broadway, NYC
Greenfield Hall
Keynote Address by Gunther Schuller (Pulitzer Prize-winning Composer/Conductor).
Panel Discussion moderated by Justin DiCioccio (Manhattan School of Music Jazz Director), with Schuller, Vincent Herring (saxophonist/educator), Conrad Herwig (trombonist/Professor Jazz Studies, Rutgers), Andy McKee (bassist/ Director Mingus Ensemble, New School University), and Sue Mingus (President of Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute, and creator of the Mingus repertory bands). Free and open to the public.

SATURDAY, Feb 21, 2009    7:30pm-9:30pm     MINGUS SUMMIT
Manhattan School of Music
122nd Street & Broadway, NYC
John C Borden Auditorium
Performance by Manhattan School of Music Combo, featuring guest soloist and director Steve Slagle from the Mingus Big Band. Free and open to the public.

SUNDAY, Feb 22, 2009     10am-7pm     MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION
Manhattan School of Music
122nd Street & Broadway, NYC
John C Borden Auditorium
Free and open to the public.

Adjudicators for the Competition: Conrad Herwig, Gunther Schuller, Boris Kozlov, Vincent Herring, Justin DiCioccio, and Donny McCaslin.

10am-11:30am COMBO COMPETITION – 3 bands
11:30am-11:45am SHORT BREAK
11:45am-12:45pm COMBO COMPETITION – 2 bands
12:45pm-2pm LUNCH BREAK
2pm-3:30pm BIG BAND COMPETITION – 3 bands
3:30pm-3:45pm SHORT BREAK
3:45pm-5pm BIG BAND COMPETITION – 2 bands

5pm PERFORMANCE by the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Justin DiCioccio.

5:30pm PERFORMANCE by Mingus Dynasty featuring Boris Kozlov (playing Charles Mingus’ lionhead bass), Vincent Herring, Conrad Herwig, Donny McCaslin, Justin Faulkner (high school drummer from Girard Academic Music Program in Philadelphia), Alex Sipiagin, and Helen Sung.

6pm-7pm AWARDS ceremony and goodbyes.

MONDAY, February 23         SETS AT 7:30 & 9:30         MINGUS DYNASTY
Jazz Standard
116 East 27th btw Park & Lex
New York, NY 212-576-2232
Alto/flute: Vincent Herring, Tenor Saxophone: Seamus Blake, Trumpet: Alex Sipiagin, Trombone: Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Bass: Boris Kozlov, Piano:  David Kikoski, Drums:  Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Jazz Standard “Best of New York” says New York Magazine
Mon, Jan. 12 2009
“Jazz in the present tense.”
Mingus Big Band rang in the new year on WBGO/NPR-LISTEN ONLINE!
Sun, Jan. 4 2009
Producers said it was one of the most exciting performances they’d seen in the history of the series.You can listen online!