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Several dynamic and professional repertory ensembles spread the amazing compositional legacy of Charles Mingus, domestically and internationally.

– The 14-piece MINGUS BIG BAND that has won critical and popular acclaim for nearly two decades. Their album LIVE AT JAZZ STANDARD won the 2010 Grammy.

– The five to seven-piece MINGUS DYNASTY, the original Mingus legacy band



-The 10-piece MINGUS ORCHESTRA with instrumentation that includes bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, harp, guitar, and more.  Mingus Orchestra Domestic Tour 2010-2011: This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. DOWNLOAD PDF.



– THE MODERN MINGUS QUINTET featuring the original arrangements by Charles Mingus. Download PDF for Mingus Quintet


– The 31-piece Mingus EPITAPH, Mingus’s 2-hour masterwork, posthumously premiered in 1989 and conducted by Gunther Schuller, which was presented again in 2007 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Walt Disney Center, Chicago Symphony Center, and the Tri-C Jazz Festival.


We will be happy to discuss the ensemble best suited to your needs: the size of your venue and budget, your schedule, your target audience, and possible educational residencies or workshops.

Epitaph performances are presented by our non-profit educational foundation Let My Children Hear Music, Inc. (The Charles Mingus Institute).

For booking:

Sue Mingus
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(212) 736-4749