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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.”

Read the full review here.

Mingus at the Met: Jazz & Colors



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!

Mingus Trained More than Jazz Cats

minguscatalogFrom Studio360

The jazz musician Charles Mingus was a celebrated band leader and one of the most important composers of his generation. But at the same time he was recording The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, he was working on another masterpiece of sorts. He figured out how to get his cat, Nightlife, to poop in a toilet — and he decided he’d share his method with the world. …

(Bonus: follow the link to hear the CAT-alog read by actor Reg E. Cathey)

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. …

Continue reading the full article HERE:  November’s MOJO Showcase – Spirit of 1959