Mark your calendars!
Wednesday, November 9th (8 p.m.)
6615 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Berwyn, IL 60402
$15 / $10 for students
A benefit concert for the Les Turner ALS Foundation
On November 9th, a group of musicians will gather at Fitzgerald's to celebrate the life and music of Charles Mingus, and to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Mingus, an American genius 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.
Jon Hey –- piano
Saalik Ziyad -- vocals
Rebecca Cohn -- trombone
Fred Jackson -- alto saxophone
Dan Godston -- cornet, flugelhorn
Adam Zanolini -- tenor saxophone, flute
Tom Berg -- baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Alex Wing -- upright bass
Lou Ciccotelli -- drums
This Mingus Awareness Project concert is presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with the Les Turner ALS Foundation. More than a dozen Mingus Awareness Project concerts have happened since its inception in 2007. Mingus Awareness Project concerts have happened in the Chicago area (at the Velvet Lounge, FitzGerald’s, Jazz Showcase, Hideout, HotHouse, and Martyrs’) and Richmond, Virginia (at The Camel, Rhythm Hall, and Balliceaux).
Attendees will have opportunities to participate in a raffle during the event. Your donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
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.
About the Les Turner ALS Foundation
Since 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has been a leader in research, patient care, and education about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and other motor neuron diseases (MND). The Foundation serves more than 90% of the ALS population in the Chicago area. The Foundation is also one of the nation's largest independent ALS organizations and has raised nearly $45 million to fight Lou Gehrig's disease. In addition, through wide-ranging research and symposiums for healthcare professionals, the Foundation reaches the ALS community worldwide. The Foundation is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and is a founding member of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations.
more news & events
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Mingus Awareness Project concerts in Chicago and Richmond last year! Click here to find out more about those concerts, and to listen to the music that was performed.
Congratulations to the NO BS! Brass Band, which released two excellent albums in 2013. 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. Check 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 recently published 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