Singing Mingus 

Jazzschool instructor Ellen Johnson started writing her own lyrics to Charles Mingus tunes more than thirty years ago, building a new repertoire for his vocal music.

Although bassist Charles Mingus has been gone now for 34 years, having succumbed to cancer at age 56, his reputation as one of the major composers in the history of jazz continues to loom large. His music spilled over with emotion and…

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