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Birth Name: Charles Mingus, Jr.
Born: 1922/04/22
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Died: 1979/01/05
Years Active: 1943 - 1979
Genres: Bebop, Avant-garde Jazz, Post Bop, Third Stream

Charles Mingus was born April 22, 1922 in Nogales, Arizona and was a highly influential jazz musician, who was an accomplished double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions combined soul music with the sounds of hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music. Mingus cited Duke Ellington as one of his major musical influences. Mingus was as equally famous for his pioneering and inventive style of jazz playing as he was for his fiery temperament, refusing to compromise his musical integrity which often led to on-stage eruptions. Mingus grew up in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California. Raised on church music, Mingus was only allowed to listen to church-related music at hom... Continue Bio >>

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