Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, this 14-piece band performed Thursday nights from 1991 to 2004 at Fez under Time Cafe in New York. It maintained weekly residencies in the city from 2004 until 2008, when it began Mingus Mondays at the Jazz Standard.
The Mingus Big Band tours extensively in the United States and abroad, and has ten recordings to its credit, three of which have been nominated for Grammys. The ensemble won the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2010 for Mingus Big Band Live At Jazz Standard.
A frequent performer with the band, Houston native Helen Sung is an accomplished pianist and composer, having attended both the High School for the Performing Arts and the University of Texas at Austin.
This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.
“Decades after his death, the richly-detailed, soul-stirring oeuvre of Charles Mingus still packs a wallop. Thankfully, the beat goes on in the form of the Mingus Big Band.” – National Public Radio
“The music is, like Mingus himself, earthy, passionate, soulful and intense — and at all times swinging.” – National Public Radio
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