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Mingus Big Band

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“The Mingus Big Band is a jazz band, based in New York City, that specializes in the compositions of the late Charles Mingus. The band is managed by his widow, Sue Mingus. In addition to its weekly Monday night appearance at the Jazz Standard/Blue Smoke Barbecue in New York City, The Mingus Big Band also tours frequently in Europe and other parts of the world.” The band are most notable for their very unique big band sound, which consists of many different parts all weaving around eack other to great effect.

“Band members are rotated in and out, depending on who is available and is selected from the following list:

3 Trumpets: Randy Brecker, Eddie Henderson, Alex Sipiagin, Kenny Rampton, Jeremy Pelt, Ryan Kisor, Earl Gardner, Jack Walrath, Tatum Greenblatt, Avishai Cohen

3 Trombones: Earl McIntyre, Jonathan Arons, Conrad Herwig, Andy Hunter, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Robin Eubanks, Isaac Smith, Dave Taylor, Ron Westray, Joe Fielder.

5 Saxophones: Alex Foster, Seamus Blake, Craig Handy, Wayne Escoffery, Donny McCaslin, Abraham Burton, David Lee Jones, Mike Sim, Mark Gross, Jaleel Shaw, Lauren Sevian, Ronnie Cuber, Scott Robinson.

Piano: David Kikoski, Orrin Evans, George Colligan, Kenny Drew Jr., John Hicks, Jacob Sacks

Bass: Boris Kozlov, Hans Glawischnig, Vicente Archer, Andy McKee, John Benitez, Joe Martin

Drums: Donald Edwards, Johnathan Blake, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts”

“The Mingus Big Band released their debut effort, “Nostalgia in Times Square,” in 1993 and have since gone on to release seven more albums, all reaching high levels of critical acclaim. The Mingus Big Band records exclusively on the Dreyfus Jazz Record Label.

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