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. "

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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.

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Charles Mingus Jr. (22 Apr, 1922 – 5 Jan, 1979) Influential Jazz Double Bassist, Composer & Bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained hot soulful feel of Hard Bop, drew heavily from Black Gospel, elements of Third Stream, Free Jazz, & Classical music. Mingus avoided categorization, own brand of music / Tradition w/ Unique, Unexplored Realms of Jazz. Cited Duke Ellington & church as his main influences.

Charles Mingus Jr. (22 Apr, 1922 – 5 Jan, 1979) Influential Jazz Double Bassist, Composer & Bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained hot soulful feel of Hard Bop, drew heavily from Black Gospel, elements of Third Stream, Free Jazz, & Classical music. Mingus avoided categorization, own brand of music / Tradition w/ Unique, Unexplored Realms of Jazz. Cited Duke Ellington & church as his main influences.

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"Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise. My children! You do what you want with your own!"

"Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise. My children! You do what you want with your own!"

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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

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Charles Mingus Jr. / April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979 - American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader

Charles Mingus Jr. / April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979 - American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader

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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.

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Charles Mingus Jr. fue una gran influencia del jazz americano contrabajista, compositor y director de orquesta.

Charles Mingus Jr. fue una gran influencia del jazz americano contrabajista, compositor y director de orquesta.

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Charles Mingus (1922-1979) - highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader.

Charles Mingus (1922-1979) - highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader.

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