One of my favorite music stories ever is when Migus got pissed off at an off time piano player so he walked over to the piano mid-song and tore out the piano strings with his bare hands. Big scary dude but one of the greats.

One of my favorite music stories ever is when Migus got pissed off at an off time piano player so he walked over to the piano mid-song and tore out the piano strings with his bare hands. Big scary dude but one of the greats.

Charlie mingus | ... and musical archives online: "MINGUS: CHARLIE MINGUS 1968

Charlie mingus | ... and musical archives online: "MINGUS: CHARLIE MINGUS 1968

Charles Mingus and his band (pictured here Horace Parlan on piano) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958.

Charles Mingus and his band (pictured here Horace Parlan on piano) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958.

Charles Mingus and his band (pictured: Horace Parlan, Shafi Hadi/Curtis Porter, and Booker Ervin) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958 (photos by Dennis Stock)

Charles Mingus and his band (pictured: Horace Parlan, Shafi Hadi/Curtis Porter, and Booker Ervin) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958 (photos by Dennis Stock)

Mingus Ah Um is a jazz album by Charles Mingus, recorded and released on Columbia Records in 1959. It was his first album recorded for Columbia. The cover features a painting by S. Neil Fujita.

Mingus Ah Um is a jazz album by Charles Mingus, recorded and released on Columbia Records in 1959. It was his first album recorded for Columbia. The cover features a painting by S. Neil Fujita.

Charles Mingus " Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple. "

Charles Mingus " Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple. "

Influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader, Charles Mingus. photo by Tom Copi

Influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader, Charles Mingus. photo by Tom Copi

Graded on a Curve: Charles Mingus, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady | The Vinyl District

Graded on a Curve: Charles Mingus, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady | The Vinyl District

Charles Mingus was an American jazz musician, composer, bandleader, and civil rights activist.

Charles Mingus was an American jazz musician, composer, bandleader, and civil rights activist.

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