The Mingus Big Band

Purdue University, 712 3rd Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907
  • Presented By: Purdue Convocations
  • Dates: January 24, 2025
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: See website for details.
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Charles Mingus, born in 1922, was a virtuoso bassist, prolific composer, and legendary bandleader. Influenced by Duke Ellington, Mingus blended the essence of gospel music, New Orleans jazz, and New York vibrancy into a joyous jam. The Mingus Big Band, formed posthumously in 1979, embodies his legacy with a decades-long residency at iconic NYC jazz clubs.

With numerous Grammy® nominations and ten albums, the band honors Mingus’s ethos by keeping each performance fresh and spontaneous. Beyond accolades, the band nurtures emerging talents, reflecting Mingus’s impulse to constantly evolve. Whether captivating critics or dazzling audiences worldwide, The Mingus Big Band stands as a testament to the enduring brilliance of Charles Mingus.

The Mingus Big Band will headline the 35th Annual Purdue Jazz Festival.