Mingus Awareness Project Concert
to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation
Monday, December 16 (8 p.m.)
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
ADMISSION: $20 / $15 for students
On December 16, a group of musicians will gather at Martyrs’ to celebrate the life and music of Charles Mingus, and to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Mingus, an American musical hero who died of ALS, is one of the greatest figures in jazz history. His bass playing, compositions and philosophy have transcended his genre and left indelible marks on music history.
MAPtet will perform music by Charles Mingus
and other composers --
Jon Hey (piano)
Steve Berry (trombone)
Paul Hartsaw (tenor saxophone)
Juli Wood (baritone saxophone)
Saalik Ziyad (vocals)
Dan Godston (trumpet)
Fred Jackson (alto saxophone
Jon Godston (soprano saxophone)
Alex Wing (upright bass)
Damon Short (drums)
Attendees will have opportunities to participate in a raffle during the event. Donations can be made to theLes Turner ALS Foundation via the Mingus Awareness Project link. Your donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
This Mingus Awareness Project concert is presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with the Les Turner ALS Foundation. This will be the twelfth Mingus Awareness Project concert since its inception in 2007. Mingus Awareness Project concerts have happened in Chicago (at the Velvet Lounge, Jazz Showcase, Hideout, HotHouse, and Fitzgeralds) and Richmond, Virginia (at the Camel, Rhythm Hall, and Balliceaux).
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease (MND), causes motor neurons to stop working and die. The result is loss of voluntary movement and muscle functions such as speaking, swallowing, and breathing. ALS occurs regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. ALS is most common between 40 and 70 years of age, although it can strike at any age. In the US, someone is diagnosed every 90 minutes, and 35,000 people are living with ALS. Average lifespan is three to five years from diagnosis. Approximately 10% of all cases are inherited forms, and a faulty protein pathway is known to play a role in all types of ALS. Though treatment of symptoms often improves quality of life, there is no cure for ALS.
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Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Mingus Awareness Project concerts Richmond, VA last July. Click here to find out more about the two evenings of music -- during which the Jason Jenkins Quartet, No BS! Brass Band, Brian Jones Guitar Quartet, and RVA Big Band performed at Balliceaux.
$16K was successfully raised for the Charles Mingus Memorial and Performance Park (Nogales, AZ) via kickstarter. The next Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival happens on April 26, 2014.
Congratulations to the NO BS! Brass Band, which released two excellent albums this year. One of those was RVA All Day, and the other was Fight Song: A Charles Mingus Tribute, which was featured in PASTE Magazine, The Wall Street Journal blog,and other publications. Have you checked out NPR's Tiny Desk Concert with NO BS! Brass?
"An Argument with Instruments: On Charles Mingus" -- Adam Shatz's review of John Goodman's new book, in The Nation
Click here to check out the Charles Mingus at 90 media gallery -- in celebration of Mingus' 90th birthday.
Mingus Awareness Project painting by Alpha Bruton. This acrylic painting is part of Charles Mingus at 90.
poster image by Josh Josue