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Best Kept Secret: Mingus Big Band Wows Every Monday Night in Its Residency at Jazz Standard

Jazz Standard

1160 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

You can talk Bird and Trane and Miles and Monk—all the storied jazz titans. But jazzers forget: Charles Mingus stands as one of jazz’s most uncompromising composers and band leaders. He’s huge and deep, and since his death in 1979 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, his music lives on. Strangely, most youngsters stay away from his music, which is a small jazz tragedy because his unique fusing of styles (bop to free to classical) and his brilliance as an innovative composer opens up worlds of jazz that have yet to be fully explored. One exception: the Mingus Big Band which uses his charts to improvisationally soar into new orbits. The key player: Mingus’s widow Sue, who has tirelessly kept her husband’s music alive and vital. The weekly residency of the big band have been hosted by various clubs over the years, but seems to have really found its roost at Jazz Standard. These shows on Monday nights are a New York treat not be missed. See the ZEALnyc feature on the band and its residency: —Dan Ouellette


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