Tonight the Rutgers University Mingus Band performs at the Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick, NJ, featuring selections from Intrusions and Oh Yeah. Tenor saxophonist and alum Abraham Burton leads the ensemble.
Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
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An up-coming authorized documentary entitled “Don’t Blink” about photographer Robert Frank (“The Americans”) will include three Mingus compositions: “Nostalgia in Times Square,” “Haitian Fight Song,” and “Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am.”
From the early ’90s on, Frank has been making his films and videos with the brilliant editor Laura Israel, who has helped him to keep things homemade and preserve the illuminating spark of first contact between camera and people/places. Don’t Blink is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively rummage sale of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves us a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90.
Sue Ungaro Mingus performed in a Robert Frank’s feature film “O.K. End Here,” shown at the first New York FIlm Festival.
The Charles Mingus composition “Moanin'” was sampled for Jordin Spark’s new track “1000”. You can hear the Mingus Big Band sample on her new album, “Right Here Right Now”.
Two Mingus compositions — “Dry Cleaner of Des Moines” and “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”– can be heard in an upcoming production JACO: A Documentary Film.
JACO tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who changed the course of modern music. Never-before-seen archive footage unveils the story of Jaco’s life, his music, his demise, and the lasting victory of artistic genius. Featuring Joni Mitchell, Sting, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Santana, Wayner Shorter and more. JACO will leave you longing for a time when “musicians owned the music industry.” Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo with Passion Pictures (Searching For Sugar Man) and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijack.