Charles Mingus

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WBGO is celebrating by showcasing some of the talent from local programs. 

This installment features the Manhattan School of Music's Mingus Ensemble, which tackles the music of bassist Charles Mingus. 

“All the music in this album was written during a very blue period in my life,” the bassist Charles Mingus observed in the liner notes to Tijuana Moods.

Recorded a little over 60 years ago, on July 18 and August 6, 1957, it’s an album that remains unique not only in the Mingus discography but also in jazz as a whole.

You know it’s coming, you’ve stocked your provisions. But what is your soundtrack for the eclipse? We’ve got a few ideas.

Jason Moran (left) and Georgia Anne Muldrow celebrate Charles Mingus during a program at the Kennedy Center.
Jati Lindsay/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Georgia Anne Muldrow, the underground-R&B and astral-funk polymath, bears more than a passing admiration for Charles Mingus, the towering jazz bassist and composer.

Horace Parlan, an astute and soulful pianist whose unique style was informed by the partial impairment of his right hand, died on Feb. 23 in Næstved, Denmark.

 

He was 86. His death was confirmed by the jazz historian Frank Büchmann-Møller.