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Charles Mingus: 'Fables of Bass,' Part 2

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Charles Mingus: 'Fables of Bass,' Part 1

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Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

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The Mingus Orchestra On JazzSet

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Hear Tom Cole's Interview With Michel Martin

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Mingus Big Band in Concert at the Jazz Standard 12/31/08

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Mingus' Magnum Opus: 'Epitaph' In Concert

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Jazz Greats Return to Glory on DVD

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Jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead: Best of 2004

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Announcement

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Gary Bartz performs at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival. The saxophonist is often cited as a messenger of black empowerment in music. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Hazel Scott: 'Relaxed Piano Moods'

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