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"Art of Jazz" Cinema Series: "Mingus: Charlie Mingus"

Mingus: Charlie Mingus
1968

58 mins
Directed By: Thomas Reichman

This documentary records an especially painful moment in Mingus’s life when he was forcibly evicted from his apartment in New York City. Scenes from the apartment are intercut with footage of Mingus and his sextet performing at a little club in Peabody, Massachusetts called Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike. The combo features Mingus on bass, Dannie Richmond on drums, Charles McPherson on alto saxophone, John Gilmore on tenor saxophone, Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet and Walter Bishop, Jr., on piano. The music includes parts of “All the Things You Are,” Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Secret Love.”