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Review: Mingus’ ‘Black Saint’ reinvented by Greg Ward and dancers

Chicago Tribune Review: Mingus’ ‘Black Saint’ reinvented by Greg Ward and dancers

Chicagoans who admire Charles Mingus’ “The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady” are having a very good year.

In May, Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra played what is believed to have been the world premiere concert version of Mingus’ landmark recording. The performance at Spertus Institute took a while to gain momentum, but eventually it achieved critical mass, enabling listeners to hear the 1963 work in the best way possible: live.

On Thursday night, former Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward reconceived Mingus’ magnum opus, collaborating with choreographer Onye Ozuzu for a spectacle in sight and sound at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. This, too, was a significant occasion, notwithstanding the characteristically clumsy live video that flickered on the Pritzker’s oversized LED screen.

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South Coast Jazz Festival: The Mingus Underground Octet

Yesterday the Mingus Underground Octet closed the South Coast Jazz Festival in the U.K.  Notes from the review:

“The Mingus Underground Octet mined the labyrinthine oeuvre of a truculent talent…

Highlights on the night were Fables Of Faubus, a caustic blast at the endemic racism of the United States, and Better Git It In Your Soul which featured a howling solo from tenor saxophonist Terry Pack.”

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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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