Charles Mingus

American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader (1922–1979)

Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz musician and writer. He helped to create improvisational jazz. People say he is one of the best jazz musicians and music writers to ever live.[1] He played jazz music for over thirty years. He also played with other famous jazz musicians, such as Louis Armstrong, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie.

Charles Mingus
Mingus in 1976
Mingus in 1976
Background information
Birth nameCharles Mingus Jr.
Born(1922-04-22)April 22, 1922
Nogales, Arizona, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedJanuary 5, 1979(1979-01-05) (aged 56)
Cuernavaca, Mexico
GenresJazz, bebop, free jazz
InstrumentsDouble bass, piano
Years active1943–1979
LabelsAtlantic, Candid, Columbia, Debut, Impulse!, Mercury, United Artists

References change

  1. McGlynn, D. (1997). Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog. Shanachie.