The Django, the premier jazz club in downtown Manhattan, hosts the return of the weekly Mingus Big Band residency
Downtown Manhattan’s premier jazz club, The Django, today announced a new showcase for the music of legendary composer / bassist / conductor Charles Mingus. Starting in October, Jazz Workshop (the Mingus organization) rekindled its weekly celebration at Django with Tuesday night appearances by the Grammy Award-winning Mingus Big Band. (The eclectic Mingus Orchestra will also be present in December). This new and extended engagement marks the return of a vital cultural institution and artistic stronghold in New York’s music community.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to reignite Mingus’ vital weekly celebration and bring back what has for years been one of the highlights of the New York jazz scene,” said Ken Fowser, Music Director of The Django. “It is an honor to provide a platform where the music and legacy of Mingus can continue to flourish. We look forward to welcoming the dynamic musicians, spirit and repertoire of Mingus, as well as their loyal fans. in our club every week for the foreseeable future. “Boris Kozlov, the band’s bassist and musical director agrees:” We are so lucky to be sharing Mingus’ music and playing live at Django. We are delighted to reconnect with our audience in this beautiful venue as we prepare for the Mingus centenary celebration in April 2022. “
Made up of a rotating family of brilliant musicians, the 14-piece Mingus Big Band has a long history as a stronghold of New York’s jazz community. He performed Thursday nights from 1991 to 2004 at Fez under Time Cafe in New York City, and later every week at Joe’s Pub and Iridium. More recently, Mingus Mondays were celebrated for nearly 12 years at Jazz Standard, interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the club’s closure in December 2020. The popular series was hailed as “probably the best in the whole world” (LucidCulture), “the one you can’t miss” (TravelRamblr) and “a great way to spend a night out anytime” (KYOU Radio).
Recognized as one of the greatest composers of music of the 20th century, Charles Mingus (1922-79) wrote the second largest body of work, after Ellington, of all American composers. His archives were acquired by the Library of Congress – a first for jazz and a first for an African-American composer. Mingus’ music has been kept alive through the efforts of his widow Sue Mingus, who has long championed his work through performance, editing, education (including the annual Charles Mingus festival for high school musicians) and archival efforts; working with Mingus Alumni such as Sy Johnson and Jack Walrath, and instrumentalists led by Mingus group leaders Alex Foster and Boris Kozlov. In American music history, Mingus made signature statements in support of the civil rights movement through his compositions such as the protest song, “Fables of Faubus,” which spoke of the 1959 event in during which the governor of Arkansas prevented the integration of a local high school. According to All About Jazz, “Mingus’ creations were radically, almost shockingly original when first heard.” The ever-growing audience around the world is a testament to Mingus Music’s infallible timelessness.
“Charles Mingus’ music contains multitudes. His compositions are among the most personal and varied in music, sweeping the country bringing together in their wake the sounds of Dixieland, bebop, Latin rhythms, swing, romantic ballads , West Coast jazz, European classical forms, African folklore, all rich in melodies, all imbued with blues, ranging from the most tumultuous emotions to the deepest intimacy of the soul. ” – Sue Mingus
The performances will take place every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. + 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Where: The Django, 2 Avenue of the Americas (Cellar Level at The Roxy Hotel), New York City, NY, Trains: A / C / N / Q / R / W to Canal, 2/3 to Franklin , 1 to Chambers
Tickets: $ 20 per person (and a minimum of two drinks required). To book, visit TheDjangoNYC.com or call 212.519.6649.