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The Compositions of Charles Mingus

Jun 20, 2016

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday June 19 is “The Compositions of Charles Mingus.”  Bassist/composer Charles Mingus’s work reflected his experiences as a mixed race man who identified himself as black.  Known as the angry man of jazz, his music was influenced by the black church, classical music, Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington and was concerned throughout his career with civil rights and relationships.  We will hear his compositions played by his own groups, Dave Brubeck, Mingus Dynasty, Judy Niemack & Mal Waldron, Marty Ehrlich, The Mingus Big Band, Bob Stewart, George Adams, Junko Onishi, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Joe Henderson, Jon Jang, Ron Miles and Hal Wilner.

The Slide Show has some of my photographs of the artists heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of June 27, 2016.

This is the Mingus Big Band playing Hora Decubitus (aka 'E's Flat, Ah's Flat Too) with Ku-Umba Frank Lacy (vcl) Conrad Herwig (tb) and Abraham Burton (ts) live at Jazz Standard.  Lyrics by Elvis Costello.