New Charles Mingus Documentary in Progress

Charles MingusCharles Mingus’ grandson Kevin Ellington Mingus has set out to make a film exploring his grandfather’s life. Mingus on Mingus will be a full-length documentary including interviews with the musicians from bassist/composer’s band and his family and friends, to get a deeper understanding of the jazz icon.

Mingus, who passed away in 1979, had a reputation of being unpredictable and somewhat eccentric.

“There are many perspectives of my grandfather that have not had a place in defining his legacy,” Kevin says. “I am seeking them out to understand him beyond myth, fable or a singular vision of his work.”

The project is currently raising money to continue filming interviews this winter and spring, with a crowd-funding goal of $45,000 by December 18th. To learn more or to donate, visit the Mingus on Mingus Kickstarter page.

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  2. Charles Mingus was beyond being an amazing bass player composer and arranger.His writing portrayed his life.Neither white nor black Charles Mingus lived in a world where he defined his life through his music.Mingus was Mingus.A great man.There will never be an equal, not in this world.