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Charles Mingus (Composer)

Born: 22nd April 1922, Nogales, Arizona, U.S.A

Died: 5th January 1979, Cuernavaka, Mexico

Nationality: American

Charles Mingus Jr. was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers in history, with a career spanning three decades and collaborations with other jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock.

Mingus' compositions continue to be played by contemporary musicians ranging from the repertory bands Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra, to the high school students who play the charts and compete in the Charles Mingus High School Competition. In 1993, the Library of Congress acquired Mingus's collected papers—including scores, sound recordings, correspondence and photos—in what they described as "the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library's history".

Further Reading: Mingus

 Classic Recordings, Charles Mingus - The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady

This week Josh pirouettes to Mingus's celebrated jazz-ballet The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady for the latest Classic Album choice.

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