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.
In an episode airing Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, Mingus’s composition Love Chant will be featured in an episode of Dick Wolf’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, starring Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson.
This day January 5, 2014, marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Charles Mingus’s death. Although he has departed this world, his legacy and spirit live on.
At NPR.org you can listen to Epitaph, conducted by Gunther Schuller, the extended masterwork that Mingus wrote for his tombstone.