An early interest in classical music and Duke Ellington informed Charles Mingus’ densely layered approach to modern harmony. Viewing musical progress as a symbol of racial progress, the bassist-composer designed his bands to embody the power and spark that characterized the civil-rights movement. His Jazz Workshops and his own Debut Records (with Max Roach) further reinforced the conviction that he would not wait for support from the establishment. Brilliant, mercurial and intense, Mingus created some of the last century’s deepest and wildest music, while advancing the visibility of Eric Dolphy, James Moody, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jaki Byard and more.
Arrived Los Angeles 1943, died here 1999
Arrived Los Angeles 1940, died 1995
Arrived Los Angeles 1957, died here 2014.
Born in Los Angeles 1928, left 1960, died 1964.