Akua Dixon performs Charles Mingus’ composition Haitian Fight Song at the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. Follow the link to see the performance!
Happy birthday, Charles Mingus! On this day in 1922, Mingus was born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona. He then went on to become one of the great innovators of American music.
The Mingus Big Band & Jazz Standard are highlighted in Nancy J. Brandwein’s article “City of Jazz” in IN NY Magazine’s March issue. Read the full article here.
Lew Soloff‘s passing is a profound loss to me personally and to everyone in the Mingus Big Band.
We will miss Lew as the great friend and musician he was and as the celebrant of life who was as excited about food and feasts and new discoveries of all kinds as he was about music and trumpet playing. We shared meals around the world — Lew was forever investigating and uncovering some new place even here in the city. His vitality and his enthusiasm for life inspired all of us. He will be profoundly missed.
— Sue Mingus