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Charles Mingus

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Charles Mingus (1922-1979)

Composer, Bandleader, Musician

  • Main instruments: Double Bass, Piano, Cello
  • Jazz Styles: Bop, Avant-Garde, Swing, Blues, Modern Classical
  • Hometown/Heritage: Los Angeles, CA; Mother – Chinese & English; Father – African American & Swedish
  • Personality: child prodigy; probably bipolar with episodes of high output musical genius interspersed with bouts of depression; also described as demanding, intimidating, & short-tempered
  • Main influences: Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker
  • Cause of Death: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis


Selected Discography

Pithecanthropus Erectus (1956)

The Clown (1957)

Mingus Ah Um (1959)

Blues & Roots (1959)

Oh Yeah (1962)

Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963)

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)

Let My Children Hear Music (1972)

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