We are pleased to announce the first ever Mingus vocal album:
with Ku-umba Frank Lacy and the Mingus Big Band
With lyrics by Charles Mingus, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, and Sue Mingus. It also features Noonlight– a never-before-recorded Mingus composition discovered in the Mingus archives.
Akua Dixon performs Charles Mingus’ composition Haitian Fight Song at the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. Follow the link to see the performance!
Happy birthday, Charles Mingus! On this day in 1922, Mingus was born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona. He then went on to become one of the great innovators of American music.
Lew Soloff‘s passing is a profound loss to me personally and to everyone in the Mingus Big Band.
We will miss Lew as the great friend and musician he was and as the celebrant of life who was as excited about food and feasts and new discoveries of all kinds as he was about music and trumpet playing. We shared meals around the world — Lew was forever investigating and uncovering some new place even here in the city. His vitality and his enthusiasm for life inspired all of us. He will be profoundly missed.
— Sue Mingus
For the third time in five years, the Medfield jazz band not only earned one of the few coveted spots in the national Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival in New York, but this time around it also took home an “Outstanding Section” award for trombone. The weekend kicked off with a visit to a New York jazz club Friday night, followed by clinics with renowned artists, jam sessions with students from across the country, live jazz on Saturday and then the competition and awards ceremony on Sunday. Medfield was one of a dozen ensembles in total that performed in the competition.