Gunther Schuller, Who Bridged Classical Music And Jazz, Dies At 89 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) Listen to a conversation with Gunther Schuller about Charles Mingus’s monumental “Epitaph,” 25 years after its world premiere. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Cornelia Street Cafe on January 15, 2014. Click here for the link.