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Mingus at the Met: Jazz & Colors

 

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Jazz & Colors Festival at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Setting Jazz Masterworks Among the Met’s Dazzling Collection on Friday, January 30, 2015

(New York, January 22, 2015)—Following its critically acclaimed second edition in Central Park last fall, Jazz & Colors is back with “The Masterworks Edition,” to be performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, January 30, 2015, featuring two sets of music at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. Jazz performances by fifteen ensembles will take place simultaneously in galleries located around the world-renowned Museum. Visitors will be invited to sample the sounds and styles of an eclectic range of groups—from small combos to larger ensembles—as they play the same program of jazz masterworks throughout the Met as follows:

SET ONE: Edgar Sampson Stompin’ at the Savoy |  Cole Porter Night & Day | Duke Ellington Take the A Train |  Johnny Green Body & Soul |  Thelonious Monk Straight, No Chaser | Charles Mingus Goodbye Porkpie Hat
SET TWO: Sonny Rollins St. Thomas | Miles Davis All Blues | Lee Morgan The Sidewinder | Ornette Coleman Lonely Woman | Alice Coltrane Blue Nile | Max Roach Freedom Day

This one-of-a-kind event is free with Museum admission and offers an opportunity to explore the Met’s most beloved galleries—from The American Wing to the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries—accompanied by a self-guided musical score. Jazz & Colors is a co-production of the independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro and Met Museum Presents.

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McGill University Webcast

On January 21st, 2015 — the Jazz Orchestra 1, from the department of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University will be performing Charles Mingus – Better Get Hit In Your Soul – arranged by Sy Johnson.  In collaboration with students and teachers from the McGill Graduate Program in Sound Recording, they will live stream this performance!

Visit the link to listen!

November’s MOJO Showcase – Spirit of 1959

From Lagniappe Weekly: November’s MOJO Showcase – Spirit of 1959

Time may pass smoothly but that’s not the case for history. It jolts along in lurches and pauses, summoned and stalled by the forces surrounding it.

Art forms are the same way in development. Centuries might pass with little change before a revolution like the Renaissance shakes up the previous order and gives all a different lens through which to view our reality.

The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) nods in appreciation to one of those lenses Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m., when they look back to the year 1959 and its watershed releases. It’s the latest in MOJO’s acclaimed monthly Jazz Jambalaya series.

The five albums in focus – from Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and John Coltrane – run a wide gamut and represent a high water mark in terms of commercial appeal, artistic influence and cultural impact. …

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Mingus Fall Clinic and Concert coming to NHS

The Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts will hold its 2014 Mingus Fall Clinic and Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Nogales High School.

Jazz band students from Nogales, Patagonia and Rio Rico high schools, along with student musicians from Calabasas and Coatimundi middle schools, have been selected by their jazz band directors to participate in the clinics and performances.

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Rutgers University Program Celebrates Charles Mingus

Program celebrates jazz legend Charles Mingus, connects students with master musicians

Jazz legend Charles Mingus died of complications from ALS in 1979, at age 56.

But thanks to the tenacity of his widow, Sue Mingus, it seems as if the endlessly innovative bassist, composer, band leader, and political activist never left the stage.

Sue Mingus is determined to share her late husband’s music with young people. She closely curates his social-media presence, oversees a Mingus high school festival and competition, and finances The Mingus Project, a program in which musicians and scholars conduct intensive master classes with Mason Gross School jazz students. Rutgers launched the program in 2013 and recently formed the Rutgers University Mingus Ensemble.

“Mingus left so much music,” Sue Mingus says. “It’s so varied and rich; it covers the waterfront. Kids seem to really enjoy playing it.

“There was a perception that his music was very difficult and for the chosen few. It shows you how [much] things change with time,” she adds. “We have these youngsters just playing the life out of it.”

Mason Gross jazz students say The Mingus Project grants them access to “the real world.”

“Before there were institutions for [learning] jazz, this is how you learned,” says Dan Giannone, a drummer who has participated in numerous classes with musicians from the Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band, the Mingus Orchestra, and the Mingus Dynasty. All three tribute bands, which Mingus began to assemble right after her husband’s death, have included Mason Gross alumni and faculty members, such as jazz studies chair and trombonist Conrad Herwig, bassist Kenny Davis, pianist Orrin Evans, and trombonist “Ku-umba” Frank Lacy.

The bottom line, Giannone says: “Playing with people greater than you makes you better yourself.” The Mingus Project allows him to do just that, on a regular basis.   … ….(CONTINUED)

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