Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus (mĬng´gəs), 1922–79, American jazz musician, b. Nogales, Ariz. Mingus was a bassist, pianist, bandleader, composer, and vocalist. He was one of the most important jazz composers of the 20th cent. and an influence on a broad spectrum of musicians. A charismatic, demanding, and sometimes violent risk-taker, Mingus created works with unconventional structures and innovative harmonies. In the 1950s and 60s he led groups noted for their collective improvisations, loose rhythms, and high energy. At various times in his career he played with Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Charlie Parker, and Duke Ellington, to whom he dedicated his Open Letter to Duke. He organized his first group, a sextet, in 1945, and later (1955) formed the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop, a group that brought him worldwide acclaim. His compositions include the ambitious Epitaph, first performed in 1989; Fables of Faubus;Better Git It in Your Soul; and Sue's Changes.

See his autobiography, Beneath the Underdog (1971); biographies by B. Priestly (1982) and G. Santoro (2000).

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Charles Mingus: Selected full-text books and articles

Mingus Speaks By John F. Goodman; Charles Mingus University of California Press, 2013
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Mingus in the Workshop: Leading the Improvisation from New Orleans to Pentecostal Trance By Griffith, Jennifer Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring 2015
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Rebels and Volkswagens: Charles Mingus and the Commodification of Dissent By Laver, Mark Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2, Fall 2014
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Lawson Fusao Inada, Charles Mingus, and "The Great Bassist" By Holliday, Shawn Notes on Contemporary Literature, Vol. 36, No. 4, September 2006
The Dynasty of Mingus By Santoro, Gene The Nation, Vol. 268, No. 9, March 8, 1999
Mingus Ah Um By Santoro, Gene The Nation, Vol. 256, No. 25, June 28, 1993
The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz By Leonard Feather; Ira Gitler Oxford University Press, 1999
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