On the Edge: Sue Mingus and the Mingus Big Band

Alex Stewart

in Making the Scene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249530
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940161 | DOI:
On the Edge: Sue Mingus and the Mingus Big Band

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This chapter looks at the Mingus Big Band. In keeping with the spirit of her late husband, Sue Mingus has assembled musicians from diverse social networks and backgrounds. In her role as artistic director, she presides over the “gunslingers” of the Mingus band as they recreate the hypermasculinist, competitive atmosphere that was integral to the Mingus ethos.

Keywords: Mingus Big Band; Sue Mingus; artistic director; Mingus ethos; competitive atmosphere

Chapter.  10859 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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