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Mingus Big Band

The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of composer/bassist Charles Mingus, who died in 1979. Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, this 14-piece band performed Thursday MBBnights from 1991 to 2004 at Fez under Time Cafe in New York City. It maintained weekly residencies in the city from May 2004 until October 2008, when it began "Mingus Mondays" at Jazz Standard where it alternates with the Mingus Orchestra and Mingus Dynasty. The Mingus Big Band tours extensively in the United States and abroad, and has ten recordings to its credit, seven of which have been nominated for Grammys.

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Ethan Philion: Meditations On Mingus

Read "Meditations On Mingus" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Questa rilettura del songbook mingusiano, conferma la potenza evocativa e l'attualità di quelle composizioni. La scelta da Ethan Philion ha privilegiato brani che testimoniamo l'impegno civile e politico del contrabbassista di Nogales e sono particolarmente d'attualità oggi. Il disco di apre con un brano dal titolo emblematico, “Once Upon A Time There Was A ...

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Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco

Read "Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco" reviewed by Arthur R George


Autumn is a special season for jazz in jny: San Francisco. The weather at other times of the year variously drives one indoors for warmth, a good enough reason to seek shelter in jazz. But in the autumn, mostly gone is the bone-chilling summer fog that pours into the city from the cold Pacific Ocean. Not ...

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Wayne Escoffery: Like Minds

Read "Like Minds" reviewed by Dave Linn


Wayne Escoffery was born in London and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 11, later studying at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In the late 1990s, Escoffery started gaining recognition on the jazz scene with ...

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Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Red Door

Read "The Red Door" reviewed by Dave Linn


Orrin Evans released his debut album for quintet, “Justin Time," in 1996, at the age of 21. Over the next 25 years, Evans released over 20 albums in all shapes and sizes. From trio to standard ensembles to large bands and big bands, Evans' history included a ten-year stint as a member of the Mingus Big ...

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Mingus Big Band at the Newman Center

Read "Mingus Big Band at the Newman Center" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Mingus Big Band Newman Center Denver, Colorado April 6, 2023 The Mingus Big Band is serious business. Charles Mingus was a serious composer and musician. The band itself is serious about presenting Mingus' music. And the lineup of musicians is just as serious as all of the above. (See ...

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The Record Store Owner: Jim Eigo

Read "The Record Store Owner: Jim Eigo" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


The last couple decades have brought a revolution in every aspect of the music-making process. Technology has transformed the creation of music, the promotion of music, and of course the distribution of music. At the very end of this delivery pipeline there has been a variety of formats that includes bulky vinyl records and clunky CDs, ...

Article: Live Review

Mingus Big Band al Roma Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Mingus Big Band al Roma Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Mingus Big Band Roma Jazz Festival 2022 Auditorium Roma 13.11.2022 Nata pochi anni dopo la scomparsa di Charles Mingus, la Mingus Big Band è una delle tre tribute band (insieme a Mingus Dynasty, di cui rappresenta un allargamento, e la Mingus Orchestra) sorte per iniziativa della vedova del musicista ...

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La Mingus Big Band al Teatro Golden di Palermo

Read "La Mingus Big Band al Teatro Golden di Palermo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Mingus Big Band Nomos Jazz Teatro Golden Palermo 18.11.2022. Un concerto esemplare per dimostrare quanto l'arte di Mingus sia policentrica e multiforme, continuando a esercitare un'influenza profonda sulla contemporaneità musicale. Nei brani proposti dalla Mingus Big Band si ritrovano le componenti essenziali dell'estetica mingusiana: chorus esteso, struttura dalla durata indeterminata, ...

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The Django Welcomes Summer With Today’s Premier Swing Band, 15+ Vocalists, And Hot Latin Tuesday Nights

The Django Welcomes Summer With Today’s Premier Swing Band, 15+ Vocalists, And Hot Latin Tuesday Nights

The Django, downtown Manhattan’s premier jazz club, brings another month of stellar jazz by some of the field’s heroes alongside young, emerging artists. Two new albums are released on The Django stage in June: Together Again by the leading swing band, Danny Jonokuchi and The Revisionists (6/8) followed by The Lighting of the Lamps by saxophonist ...


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