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Gunther Schuller discusses “Epitaph” on January 15

Make Music New York inaugurates a new series called Make Music Monthly, featuring conversations with musical luminaries recorded live at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. This series is co-presented with the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

On January 15, 2014, jazz historian and composer Gunther Schuller speaks about Charles Mingus’s monumental “Epitaph,” 25 years after he conducted the work’s world premiere.

Hosted by Make Music New York founder Aaron Friedman, the discussion will be recorded and published as a podcast available on the Make Music New York and New School websites.

 

‘Mingus’: Powerful and heartbreaking documentary portrait of the Jazz giant

“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….”

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Mingus featured in Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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.

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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
  • TV:  The Good Wife (ABC) — Hora Decubitus sample

 

 

Teaching Mingus: November 11 & 12, 2013, NYC with Ken Pullig

Professor Ken Pullig, retired chair of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music, will visit the Greater New York City area to lecture on Charles Mingus at three local institutions:

 

Monday, November 11, 2013:  12:30-2:00pm
Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rehearsal Hall in Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ

Monday, November 11, 2013:  5:00-6:15pm
City College of New York
Concert Hall in Shepard Hall
New York, NY

November 12, 2013:  3:00-4:30pm — OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Manhattan School of Music
Studio 610
New York, NY

 

Professor Ken Pullig taught Mingus for over a decade and brings great insight to Mingus’s music and compositional technique.  These lectures are not to be missed!