My next article for the Washington Times is going to be about jazz legend Charles Mingus. What would have been his 90th birthday is coming up this week and Yoshi’s is throwing him a bash.
Many things come to mind when one listens to the music of Charles Mingus: talented, sure; madman, maybe; genius, definitely. But I don’t really know all that much about him, other than his music. So today was spent doing some research for the article.
Mingus died in 1979 at 56 years old. The legacy and music he has left behind will speak for generations to come. He continues to be an inspiration and a musical benchmark for jazz musicians everywhere.
Yoshi’s is honoring this great jazz composing legend on Wednesday and Thursday of this week with the 90th Anniversary Birthday Celebration event. Mingus tribute band “Mingus Dynasty” will be performing with support from Ben Williams and Sound Effect.
To prepare yourself for this fantastic music event, I suggest listening to: Blues & Roots, The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady, and Epitaph from start to finish. Only then will you have a glimpse into the genius of Charles Mingus.