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Mingus Big Band opens Ellington Series Sep. 14

August 30, 2012

“The hippest big band in the universe – robust, earthy, sanctified.”
– Time Out New York

Mingus Big Band [photo]The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music kicks off its 2012–2013 season on Friday, September 14 with a concert featuring the MINGUS BIG BAND.

The Grammy Award-winning Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of the composer and bassist Charles Mingus, who died in 1979.

Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, the widow of Charles Mingus, the 14-piece band tours extensively in the United States and abroad. The ensemble has ten recordings to its credit, six of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. The 2010 album Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

The members of the Mingus Big Band performing in this concert are: Alex Sipiagin, Greg Gisbert, and Philip Harper (trumpets); Craig Handy, Alex Foster, Abraham Burton, Wayne Escoffery, and Lauren Sevian (saxophones); Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Luis Bonilla, and Dave Taylor (trombones); Donald Edwards (drums); Boris Kozlov (bass); and Helen Sung (piano).

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are $20–$30, $10 with student ID. Season tickets to the Ellington Jazz Series begin at $51. Purchase tickets online, by phone at 203 432-4158, or at the box office.

For more information on the Ellington Jazz Series, visit music.yale.edu/concerts/ellington.

ABOUT THE MINGUS BIG BAND

The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of composer/bassist Charles Mingus, who died in 1979. Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, this 14-piece band tours extensively in the United States and abroad. It has ten recordings to its credit, seven of which have been nominated for Grammys. The Mingus Big Band performed Thursday nights from 1991 to 2004 at Fez under Time Café in New York City. It maintained weekly residencies in the city from May 2004 until October 2008, when it began “Mingus Mondays” at Jazz Standard, where it alternates with the Mingus Orchestra and Mingus Dynasty.

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