“This was 1974. Charles Mingus had just come out with two related albums called Changes One and Changes Two. He didn’t especially want a photograph of himself on the record cover. I had to eventually show the design to Nesuhi Ertegun (Ahmet’s brother) who managed Charles Mingus inside the company, and I decided to make an all-type cover.”
“The Esperanza High School Jazz I Ensemble, under the direction of Bradley Davis, won first place earlier this month at the prestigious Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.”
Last week on Wednesday March 30th, the Mingus Big Band performed and held a clinic to share the music and legacy of Charles Mingus with the students at Queensborough Community College.