“Tuesday, November 22nd, 1966, jazz musician Charlie Mingus waited with his five-year-old daughter Carolyn, to be evicted from his studio at 22 Great Jones Street, New York. Mingus had planned to open a music school and jazz workshop at this Lower East Side loft, but he had been frustrated in his intentions and had fallen behind in the rent.
As he waited for the NYPD and the Sanitation Department to arrive and remove his belongings, filmmaker Thomas Reichman recorded an intimate portrait of one of the jazz music’s greatest composers and performers. In the film, Mingus is seen moving distractedly amongst his boxed possessions, showing great affection for his daughter, recalling happier times living on Fifth Avenue, and acknowledging the inherent racism in America by offering his own Pledge of Allegiance….”
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.
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
We are pleased to announce partnerships with Greater New York City area institutions to expand the presence of Mingus in graduate and undergraduate curriculum! Working with Manhattan School of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, City College of New York, retired Chair of Jazz Composition at Berklee College Professor Ken Pullig, Professor Conrad Herwig, saxophonist Alex Foster, and other members of the Mingus Bands, our goal is to broaden the understanding and appreciation for Mingus music through workshops, classes and lectures, as well as encourage young musicians to explore his rich legacy.
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Join us to the celebrate the 50th anniversary of these milestone Mingus recordings! At the Caramoor Jazz Festival (Katonah, NY– one hour north of NYC) the Mingus Big Band will revisit the tremendous work of Charles Mingus 50 years ago – in 1963 – when he was in top creative form as a composer, musician, and bandleader. Stuck in the city? Round trip transportation from New York City will be available via the Caramoor Caravan.
For more information, call (914) 232-1252.