At the end of June, the Mingus Big Band traveled to Ottawa, Ontario, to perform in the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
“The Mingus Big Band picked up the torch. Dedicated to the memory of the iconoclastic bassist and band leader who died in 1979, this 14-piece band performed Moanin’ and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat before deadline. Man, this is fierce stuff, that seems to defy almost every convention of what makes music musical. Sweet band arrangements and Charlie Mingus’ astral sound made for a gorgeous listen.”
–Comments from the Ottawa Sun
Read the review in the Ottawa Citizen!
We are pleased to announce that the Jazz Journalists Association has awarded the Mingus Big Band “Best Large Ensemble of the Year”!
Dreamworks will include Charles Mingus’s “Boogie Stop Shuffle” in its upcoming film “People Like Us” (formerly “Welcome to People”) starring Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the film will premiere later this year.
Part 2 of Mingus’s 1964 Town Hall Concert with Eric Dolphy and Part 2 of Tyrone Guthrie concert “My Favorite Quintet.” (History: Charles and I ran out of money after releasing the first half of these concerts in 1965. The tapes have been in storage ever since.) The plan is to make this music available digitally-- and perhaps in a Mosaic box set produced by Michael Cuscuna– if there is enough interest.
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From the WBGO blog: April 21, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam:
Gunther Schuller conducts the Mingus Orchestra at St. Bartholomew's Church. Photo: Shannon Manning, Let My Children Hear Music, Inc.
Presidents Day was the climax of a big week for the legacy of Charles Mingus and those who love it. First, after many nominations, the Mingus Big Band won the Best Large Ensemble Grammy for the CD of their New Year’s Eve show, originally broadcast on Toast of the Nation! Five days later, students by the band-ful came to New York for the third national Charles Mingus High School Competition, founded by Sue Mingus, at Manhattan School of Music. (You can see the winners here.) As part of the weekend, on Friday night, I went to Jazz Standard to see the Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band, as bassist Boris Kozlov announced them. The club was full of teenagers and the spirit in the room was joy. The next night, the Mingus Orchestra gave a concert at St. Bart’s Church on Park Avenue & 50th St., an un-amplified concert in which the high cathedral ceiling and smooth, colorful stone walls and floor all became part of the music. You can hear this concert on WBGO and wbgo.org. Michael Bourne hosts the special broadcast for Mingus’s birthday, Friday, April 22 at 8pm.
We are happy to announce that NPR “Jazz Set” will broadcast Mingus Orchestra at St. Bart’s Church February 2012. Look for video clips coming soon, too!
This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of
American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.