Mingus Awareness Project Concerts in 2013
Mingus Awareness Project Concert
to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation
Monday, December 16
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
On December 16, a group of musicians gathered 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.
The MAPtet performed 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 Moyer (alto saxophone)
Jon Godston (soprano saxophone)
Alex Wing (upright bass)
Damon Short (drums)
& special guest Rebecca Cohn (trombone)
Attendees were able to participate in a raffle during the concert -- including donations from Dusty Groove America, Jazz Institute of Chicago,Reckless Records, Jazz Workshop Inc., Old Town School of Folk Music, NO BS! Brass Band, Slang Sanctuary, and more. Donations can be made to the Les Turner ALS Foundation via the Mingus Awareness Project link. Donations were greatly appreciated. All proceeds benefited the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
This Mingus Awareness Project concert was presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with the Les Turner ALS Foundation. This was 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, Fitzgeralds and Martyrs') and Richmond, Virginia (at the Camel, Rhythm Hall, and Balliceaux).
poster image by Josh Josue
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.