On Wednesday October 7th at 8 pm, Join Gary and his guest, author Nichole Rustin-Paschal, as they explore the out-sized personality and musical genius of bassist/composer Charles Mingus. One of the most influential figures in jazz history, Mingus’ music ran the gamut from bebop to spirituals to soul and avant garde. His tumultuous life is the subject of his autobiography “Beneath The Underdog.”
Nichole Rustin-Paschal, author of the forthcoming book on Mingus titled “This Subdues My Passion: Charles Mingus and the Sway of Black Jazzmasculinity,” will discuss her book and play examples of Mingus’ music as it relates to her thesis on Black Jazzmasculinity. The book delves into Mingus’ ideas about being a jazz musician and how his experiences a a black jazz man informed his music making. Many classic and some rare Mingus performances will be featured, including Fables of Faubus, Eclipse (written for Billie Holiday), and Goodbye Porkpie Hat (written for Lester Young). Some interpretations of Mingus’ music by other artists like Joni Mitchell and Akua Dixon will also be played and discussed.