Gunther helped dignify jazz as America’s classical music and he conducted Charles’s 3-hour masterwork Epitaph. His support was invaluable. It’s a major loss to our music.
(Photo: Gunther conducts Epitaph in 2007)
We are pleased to announce the first ever Mingus vocal album:
with Ku-umba Frank Lacy and the Mingus Big Band
With lyrics by Charles Mingus, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, and Sue Mingus. It also features Noonlight– a never-before-recorded Mingus composition discovered in the Mingus archives.
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
Sue Mingus with Esteban Castro, 12 years old, who played with both the 46th St Ensemble and the Jazz House Kids Big Band at the 7th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival, and sat in with the Mingus Big Band on Sunday night! (He was incredible!)