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The Mingus Big Band is an ensemble, based in New York Citymarker, that specializes in the compositions of the late Charles Mingus. It is managed by his widow, Sue Mingus and represented by Addeo Music International . In addition to its weekly Monday night appearance at the Jazz Standard in New York City, the Mingus Big Band also tours frequently in Europe and other parts of the world.

Band personnel

Band members are rotated in and out from the following list:

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

3 Trombones:Earl McIntyre, Jonathan Arons, Conrad Herwig, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Robin Eubanks, Dave Taylor, Ron Westray, Joe Fiedler, Luis Bonilla, Clark Gayton, Andy Hunter

5 Saxophones: Alex Foster, Seamus Blake, Craig Handy, Wayne Escoffery, Abraham Burton, David Lee Jones, Mark Gross, Jaleel Shaw, Lauren Sevian, Ronnie Cuber, Jason Marshall, Donny McCaslin, Steve Slagle, Scott Robinson, Vincent Herring, Chris Potter. John Stubblefield performed with the band until his death on July 4, 2005.

Piano: David Kikoski, Orrin Evans, George Colligan, Kenny Drew Jr., Helen Sung, and until his death, John Hicks.

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

Drums: Donald Edwards, Johnathan Blake, Victor Lewis, Gene Jackson. 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. and 6 Grammy nominations.

Nostalgia in Times Square (1993)

Gunslinging Birds (1995)

Live in Time (1997)

Que Viva Mingus! (1998)

Blues and Politics (1999)

The Essential Mingus Big Band (2001)

Tonight at Noon (2002)

I Am Three (2005)

Live in Tokyo at the Blue Note (2006)

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