at The Promontory
Sunday, December 7 (7 p.m.)
5311 South Lake Park Ave West
$20 / $15 for students
On December 7, a group of musicians gathered at The Promontory 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.
The MAPtet performed two sets of music:
Juli Wood -- baritone saxophone
Paul Hartsaw -- tenor saxophone
Jon Hey -- piano
Rebecca Cohn -- trombone
Dan Godston -- trumpet
Michael Hesiak -- alto saxophone
Jon Godston -- soprano saxophone
Tom Berg -- clarinet, flute and bass clarinet
Alex Wing -- upright bass
Damon Short -- drums
with special guest Renée Baker (violin)
“Jelly Roll” by Charles Mingus
“Fables of Faubus” by Charles Mingus
“Sue’s Changes” by Charles Mingus
“Charlies’ Arch Isle” by Jon Hey
“Ecclusiastics” by Charles Mingus
“Haitian Fight Song” by Charles Mingus
“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus
“Jump Monk” by Charles Mingus
“For Jaki Byard" by Alex Wing
“Peggy's Blue Skylight” by Charles Mingus
“Better Get Hit In Your Soul” by Charles Mingus
This Mingus Awareness Project concert was 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 -- in the Chicago area (at the Velvet Lounge, Jazz Showcase, Hideout, HotHouse, Martyrs’ and Fitzgerald’s) and Richmond, Virginia (at The Camel, Rhythm Hall, and Balliceaux).
poster image by Josh Josue
Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a raffle during the event -- with donations from the Old Town School of Folk Music, Dusty Groove, Brian Jones, No BS! Brass Band, Lou Malnati's, Zanie's Comedy Club, and other businesses and individuals. Donations can be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation via the Mingus Awareness Project link. Your donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds benefited the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or motor neuron disease (MND), is a progressive disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and generally, complete paralysis. In most cases, while the body continues to deteriorate, the mind remains unaffected. The disease does not discriminate, striking any age, gender and race. In the US, someone is diagnosed every 90 minutes, and approximately 35,000 people are living with ALS at any given time. There is no known cure for ALS and once diagnosed, patients typically live only three to five years.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation, founded in 1977, is Chicago’s leader in research, patient care and education about ALS, serving more than 90 percent of people with ALS (PALS) in the area, offering help and hope when it’s needed most. The Foundation’s full spectrum patient service programs include in-home consultations, support groups, equipment loans and educational programs. The Foundation offers hope for a future without ALS by supporting the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine, bringing together three research laboratories and a multi-disciplinary patient center under one umbrella.
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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 concert, and to listen to the music that was performed.
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