Alex Foster performs with Mingus Big Band at the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Alex Foster performs with Mingus Big Band at the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Newport Jazz Festival

Mingus Big Band: Newport Jazz 2011

Mingus Big Band: Newport Jazz 2011

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Decades after his death, the richly-detailed, soul-stirring oeuvre of Charles Mingus still packs a wallop. Thankfully, the beat goes on in the form of the Mingus Big Band — one of several repertory ensembles organized by widow Sue Mingus. Its latest, Grammy-winning album captures the ensemble's regular residency at the Jazz Standard in New York; this recording finds the band sparking the action on the Fort Stage of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.

Personnel

  • Kenny Rampton, trumpet
  • Alex Sipiagin, trumpet
  • Earl Gardner, trumpet
  • Conrad Herwig, trombone
  • Joe Fiedler, trombone
  • Earl McIntyre, trombone
  • Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone
  • Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone
  • Alex Foster, alto saxophone
  • Scott Robinson, alto saxophone
  • Lauren Sevian, baritone saxophone
  • Helen Sung, piano
  • Luques Curtis, bass
  • Johnathan Blake, drums
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