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When

Occurs on Saturday September 22 2018

Approximate running time: 2 hours

Venue

The Port Theatre
125 Front St
Nanaimo BC V9R 6Z4

Performance Notes

× The nimble and expert Mingus Dynasty was the first band Sue Mingus organized after Charles Mingus’s death in 1979. Although big bands like the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey bands had continued to perform after their leader passed on, a similar legacy never existed for smaller ensembles. Because Mingus always said he was first and foremost a composer, and because he left behind over 300 compositions that deserved to be played, a band carrying on his music became a natural, if unanticipated, mission. For the sake of authenticity, the first Dynasty bands were expected to include only musicians who had actually performed with Mingus—except for the bass player of course.

Today, nearly forty years later, the rich legacy of Mingus music ignites the bandstand while new generations of musicians—many of them not even alive during the composer’s lifetime—add their individual voices and continue to interpret and build on his compositions.

The Charles Mingus Dynasty quartet performs as part of the 2018 Nanaimo International Jazz Festival. For more information, please visit their website

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