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Charles Mingus

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A Quasi-Centennial Mingus Festivus - The Charles Mingus Songbook, Part 1 [Mondo Jazz 153-1]

Mondo Jazz

This week Charles Mingus would have turned 99 years old, so to be a whole year ahead of the celebration of his centennial we've decided to focus this edition of Mondo Jazz on his figure as a composer, featuring some of the best renditions of some of his most memorable compositions.The playlist features Maceo Parker; Osmiza; Vienna Art Orchestra; Jane Bunnett, Dewey Redman, Stanley Cowell, Dean Bowman; Joni Mitchell; Gil Evans; Steve Lacy; Hal Willner; The Uptown Horns; Greg Cohen; Elvis Costello, Bill Frisell; Michael Blake; Medeski, Martin & Wood.Detailed playlist at https://spinitron.com/RFB/pl/13065964/Mondo-Jazz (up to Medeski, Martine & Wood).Happy listening!

1hr 18mins

26 Apr 2021

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2018.10.15 Gary Lucas on Charles Mingus podcast 2 of 2

Deep Focus

If tenor saxophone giant Lester Young said someone has "big ears" it was a high compliment.  It meant they were hearing everything that was there to be heard.  They had acumen and they had discernment (and what higher aspiration is there for a studious listener?).   If Lester Young had heard the music of guitarist Gary Lucas, he would certainly have cited his auricular capaciousness. Captain Beefheart? Sure.  1930's Chinese pop? Certainly.  Classical composition? Why not.  Gary takes all his food on the same plate, and everything is the subject of profound scrutiny.  In this Deep Focus from 2018, Gary Lucas turns his attention to Charles Mingus.  Know this, adepts and newbies alike: nothing will prepare you for the impact of what you will hear on this show (unless, of course, you heard this show in 2018).   #WKCR #JazzAlternatvies #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #GaryLucas #CharlesMingus @JazzRadio #JazzInterview Photo credit: Charles_Mingus_1976 Tom Marcello Webster - New York - CC BY-SA 2.0

1hr 23mins

24 Apr 2021

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2018.10.15 Gary Lucas on Charles Mingus 1 of 2

Deep Focus

If tenor saxophone giant Lester Young said someone has "big ears" it was a high compliment.  It meant they were hearing everything that was there to be heard.  They had acumen and they had discernment (and what higher aspiration is there for a studious listener?).   If Lester Young had heard the music of guitarist Gary Lucas, he would certainly have cited his auricular capaciousness. Captain Beefheart? Sure.  1930's Chinese pop? Certainly.  Classical composition? Why not.  Gary takes all his food on the same plate, and everything is the subject of profound scrutiny.  In this Deep Focus from 2018, Gary Lucas turns his attention to Charles Mingus.  Know this, adepts and newbies alike: nothing will prepare you for the impact of what you will hear on this show (unless, of course, you heard this show in 2018).   #WKCR #JazzAlternatvies #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #GaryLucas #CharlesMingus @JazzRadio #JazzInterview Photo credit: Charles_Mingus_1976 Tom Marcello Webster - New York - CC BY-SA 2.0

1hr 20mins

22 Apr 2021

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STOP-TIME SERIES with Frank Williams: Charles Mingus

Clearwater Jazz Holiday's Young Lions Jazz Master Virtual Sessions

Clearwater Jazz Holiday’s History of Jazz Outreach Program engages professional musicians to share the story of Jazz through live, interactive musical experiences. By Spring 2020, the Program had reached nearly 30,000 students in approximately 60 Tampa Bay area schools and has evolved to also bring meaningful experiences to schools and organizations serving at risk students, people of all ages with special needs, neurodiversities, and autism, as well as older adults in senior living communities and memory care centers. Frank T. Williams III, a 40-year + educator, band director, clinician, author, adjudicator, and composer, is a long-time CJH education partner, important to the development of many CJH Outreach programs. In 2020, CJH launched its STOP-TIME SERIES with Frank Williams to complement the History of Jazz Outreach Program by creating a comprehensive visual and audio History of Jazz archive delivered in Frank’s one-of-a-kind style. WATCH & LISTEN!  Visit the CJH website Education & Outreach section to watch all STOP-TIME videos for FREE or enjoy listening here as part of the CJH Young Lions Jazz Master "Virtual" Sessions Podcast. To learn more about the annual CJH festival tradition and year-round Education & Outreach: www.clearwaterjazz.com

22mins

13 Oct 2020

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2019.04.15 Craig Harris on Charles Mingus 2 of 2

Deep Focus

Trombonist Craig Harris was an aspiring student in the early Seventies when he encountered Charles Mingus’s then-current quintet.  Mingus had a trio of young incendiary devices— pianist Don Pullen, tenor man George Adams and baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett— playing with him and his stalwart drummer, Dannie Richmond.   This did not sound like Goodbye Pork Pie Hat!  What happened on stage was unprecedented free improvisation with all of the craft and imagination of Mingus’s greatest bands.  Craig Harris was hooked: he knew what he needed to do and he has been doing it ever since.  He waited for that band to make a record but they never did.  Craig has been waiting for the emergence of that music for 40 years.   It’s time.  

1hr 11mins

10 Jun 2020

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2019.04.15 Craig Harris on Charles Mingus 1 of 2

Deep Focus

Trombonist Craig Harris was an aspiring student in the early Seventies when he encountered Charles Mingus’s then-current quintet.  Mingus had a trio of young incendiary devices— pianist Don Pullen, tenor man George Adams and baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett— playing with him and his stalwart drummer, Dannie Richmond.   This did not sound like Goodbye Pork Pie Hat!  What happened on stage was unprecedented free improvisation with all of the craft and imagination of Mingus’s greatest bands.  Craig Harris was hooked: he knew what he needed to do and he has been doing it ever since.  He waited for that band to make a record but they never did.  Craig has been waiting for the emergence of that music for 40 years.   It’s time.  

1hr 19mins

9 Jun 2020

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Loah picks music by Kamasi Washington, Oumou Sangare and Charles Mingus

Mystery Train

John is joined tonight by Loah (AKA Sallay Matu Garnett), a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean/Irish origin. Loah chats about her life and music and also picks the tunes, from Kamasi Washington, Oumou Sangare and Charles Mingus.

31mins

31 May 2020

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The Dr. Jazz Podcast: Charles Mingus (Apr. 2020)

The Dr. Jazz Podcast

In this Episode, we take a look at Jazz Legend Charles Mingus on what would be his 98th Birthday! There's plenty of stories to go around on this episode. Come and check out Mingus: The Man, the Myth, the Jazz Legend!

3hr 35mins

23 Apr 2020

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Bassist/Composer Charles Mingus: "Jazz Portraits" (aka "Mingus in Wonderland"):

CiTR -- The Jazz Show

This album signals a new era for Mingus with the addition of two new and talented saxophonists to the ranks of his "Jazz Workshop". John Handy on alto saxophone and Booker Ervin on tenor blend beautifully and of course are fine musicians and original stylists. Their presence signals a new beginning for Mingus' music and a great productive period. This album is part of a concert performed at the Nonagon Art Gallery in New York on January 16,1959. 1959 was one of Mingus' great years. Horace Parlan was Mingus' regular pianist and he was called away on a family emergency but Handy recommended his friend Richard Wyands to sub. Wyands played Mingus' difficult music with no problem and fit right in. Only four tunes make up this album but they are all superb. Handy, Ervin, Wyands all driven by Mingus on bass and Dannie Richmond's creative drumming. From the The excitement of "No Private Income Blues" to the ballad mastery of John Handy and Mingus on Vernon Duke's "I Can't Get Started" to "Nostalgia in Times Square" to the haunting "Alice's Wonderland" this is a great concert. Strangely when first issued it was given only 2 out of 5 stars and dismissed as inconsequential. This is the last album of under reviewed albums that deserved much more. No one would dismiss this classic today so enjoy and check out the majesty of Mingus' music with this superb edition of his Jazz Workshop.

3hr 30mins

26 Nov 2019

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BLACK SAINT & THE SINNER LADY - (CHARLES MINGUS)

RABBIT HOLE SOUL

Charles Mingus “Black Saint & The Sinner Lady” This volcanic 1963 large-ensemble Mingus session for the Impulse record label has long been considered one of his best. Host Robert Bush speaks with award-winning composer Anthony Davis about Mingus. This is a deep dive down this Rabbit Hole…

30mins

31 Oct 2019

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