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Charles Mingus

Mingus, Charles
Guy Le Querrec

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Concerts

Gunther Schuller conducts the Mingus Orchestra at St. Bartholomew's Church.

January 17, 2013 Dig the deep, dark, blues-drenched, jubilant Mingus groove from St. Bart's Church in New York City.

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Mingus Big Band

April 22, 2010 It's a big, bigger, biggest show with Joanne Brackeen, Ron Miles' Quartet and the Mingus Big Band.

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Lauren Sevian steps up to the mic to establish "Moanin'" with a powerful baritone sax line.

December 30, 2010 The group opens with "Gunslinging Bird" and takes off from there at New York City's Jazz Standard.

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January 5, 2009 The Mingus Big Band rang in 2009 with a raucous set before a sold-out crowd at the Jazz Standard.

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July 24, 2008 Hear the tempestuous jazz legend's monumental masterpiece, a 2 1/2-hour affair for 31 musicians.

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Interviews & Profiles

Mingus

April 30, 2008 In the mid-'50s, the bassist emerged as a truly innovative composer and uncompromising bandleader.

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Charles Mingus

April 23, 2008 The powerful bassist was a prolific composer of extraordinarily innovative, highly personal music.

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Discover Songs

Arturo O'Farrill took over the baton of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra from his father, Latin jazz pioneer Chico O'Farrill.

May 27, 2008 Arturo O'Farrill, leader of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, picks his five desert-island jazz albums.

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December 20, 2007 All Things Considered Reviewer Tom Moon offers his picks for the year's best albums.

August 3, 2007 The hilarious Flight of the Conchords; A Swedish pop set with Sambassadeur; 1920s electronica: T...

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May 18, 2006 Guitarist Tom Verlaine, best known for his work with the New York punk band Television, talks ab...

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News

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September 11, 2007 The Jazz Icons series captures seven American legends at the height of their powers.

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Reviews

Don Byron released Love, Peace, and Soul with his New Gospel Quintet on Feb. 21.

March 12, 2012 Two recent albums offer contrasting perspectives on the intersection of two American music styles.

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The cover of Pithecanthropus Erectus

August 1, 2001 Mingus' Pithecanthropus Erectus was one of the precursors of the 1960s free jazz movement.

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The cover of The Savoy Sessions

August 1, 2001 "Mr. Swing" became a jazz star while playing an unconventional instrument: the jazz xylophone.

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The cover of Jazz at Massey Hall

August 1, 2001 The album documents Jimmy Carter singing, as well as rare moments when jazz legends record together.

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The cover of Relaxed Piano Moods

August 1, 2001 Pianist Hazel Scott was one of the few artists who successfully integrated jazz and classical music.

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More Stories

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December 23, 2004 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead gives the lowdown on 2004 jazz releases — and also a book and calendar.

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Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto

October 3, 2013 On Alt.Latino, explore the Colombian beat that shape-shifts to reflect a variety of Latin cultures.

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Bassist Charles Mingus leads a band at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, including Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet) and Charles McPherson (alto sax, obscured).

October 24, 2012 On a great bassist and composer, and why a serious gig in 1961 was called a "titty."

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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.

June 19, 2012 For Juneteenth, today's jazz luminaries reflect on recordings about African-American emancipation.

Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961.

May 4, 2011 The dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history.

Agalloch and Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker says he thinks Bobby Hutcherson is a sorcerer.

February 1, 2011 Find out which Mingus album the black-metal drummer calls a "Lovecraftian noir soundtrack."

A Charles Mingus LP gets cozy with a Verdi Imperial Stout.

June 15, 2009 We asked Washington City Paper's "Beerspotter" to pair beers with appropriate jazz records.

A collage of records.

April 30, 2009 Years ago, a record-store clerk gave Tom Cole a vital tutorial, in the form of these five albums.

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Thanks to fellow bassist Milt Hinton's prodding, Oscar Pettiford moved to New York and became one of bebop's most innovative musicians.

February 23, 2009 Hear the groundbreaking work of five bassists who helped shape the sounds of classic jazz.

Hiromi Uehara.

December 30, 2008 Hear a preview of NPR's New Year's Eve "Toast of the Nation" bash with jazz from across the country.

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July 1, 2008 WNYC host John Schaefer picks five summer road songs, suitable for escaping urban life.

Road trip.

June 17, 2008 After filling the gas tank, you may need this road-ready jazz mix to get in the right frame of mind.

Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus on the cover of Money Jungle.

September 2, 2008 In the world of jazz, September sessions have produced some special recordings.

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