In June 2005, Sue started her own label, SueMingusMusic, in conjunction with Sunnyside Records and Universal Music Jazz France, and released I Am Three, an album which features all three current repertory bands.
SueMingusMusic is an extension of her pioneering Revenge Records label, initially formed in the 1990s to combat the piracy of Mingus’s music. The move also reaches back to the spirit of independently released music, a tradition that in part was started by Charles Mingus. Future Sue Mingus Music releases include the first CD reissue of the 1965 Music Written for Monterey, Not Played, Performed at UCLA, a ’60s live date from Cornell University with Eric Dolphy, and more previously unreleased material.
The second release from SueMingusMusic/ Universal will be a Charles Mingus album from l965, originally issued as a limited edition on the Charles Mingus Enterprises label, and entitled “Music Written For Monterey, Not Played, Performed At UCLA 1965”. It will be issued in April, 2006, for the first time on CD, with Mingus’s cartoon ads, new photographs and up-dated liner notes.