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Mingus, Charles Jr.

Born: 1922 AD
Died: 1979 AD, at 56 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Musicians


1922 - Born on April 22nd in Nogales, Arizona. He was known as The King of Jazz Bass.

1955 - The presentation of "Revelations" which combined jazz and classical idioms, at the Brandeis Festival of the Creative Arts, that established him as one of the foremost jazz composers of his day.

1971 - Mingus was awarded the Slee Chair of Music and spent a semester teaching composition at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

         - His autobiography, Beneath the Underdog, was published by Knopf.

1972 - His music was performed frequently by ballet companies, and Alvin Ailey choreographed an hour program called "The Mingus Dances" during a collaboration with the Robert Joffrey Ballet Company.

1977 - He toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, Canada, South America and the United States until he was diagnosed as having a rare nerve disease, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis. He was confined to a wheelchair, and although he was no longer able to write music on paper or compose at the piano, his last works were sung into a tape recorder.

1979 - Died from Lou Gehrig's Disease on January 5th in Cuernavaca, Mexico at age 56, Mingus remained in the forefront of American music.

1982 - Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.


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