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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 performed Thursday MBBnights from 1991 to 2004 at Fez under Time Cafe 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.

The Mingus Big Band tours extensively in the United States and abroad, and has ten recordings to its credit, seven of which have been nominated for Grammys.


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

“The Mingus Big Band - musician for musician - is one of the most spirited and technically gifted bands in the country.” -Seattle Examiner, 2009

“The weekly Monday Mingus show at the Jazz Standard is New York’s most transcendent weekly residency. It’s probably the best in the entire world.” -Lucid Culture, 2009

“A better band than ever today…plenty of meaty, memorable solos… but the real star is this world-class band, swinging through Mingus' music with an ease that masks the pieces' difficulty.” -Tony Scherman in People

“The most inspired, exciting ensemble jazz performance I've attended since the New York night I heard a somewhat different Mingus Big Band in the Fez....” -Philip Elwood The San Francisco Examiner

“The Mingus Big Band is a wonder and an anomaly...the Mingus Band has taken a musical legacy and transformed it into a creative force that generates a contemporary originality and vitality all its own

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Live At Jazz Standard

Not On Label (X-24th Letter Self-released)

Album Live In Tokyo by Mingus Big Band

Live In Tokyo

Sunnyside Records


I Am Three

Not On Label (X-24th Letter Self-released)


Tonight At Noon:...

Not On Label (X-24th Letter Self-released)

Album Tonight At Noon: Three Or Four Shades Of Love by Mingus Big Band

Tonight At Noon:...

Dreyfus Records

Prayer for Passive Resistance

Prayer for Passive Resistance

Mingus Big Band
Live in Tokyo at the Blue Note


Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy
J.J. Johnson J.J. Johnson
Gordon Goodwin Gordon Goodwin

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