Charles Mingus: Chaos, Commentaries, and “The Clown”

by Dr. Spin

When I took my jazz band to participate in the CCCC Jazz Festival in the spring of 2008, I discovered Charles MingusHaitian Fight Song.  This piece reinvigorated my interest in his work and its educational value. Years before, as a much younger teacher, I tried to get my band to play Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, but as great as that tune is, it requires a musical maturity that, in retrospect, is probably unreasonable for the average high schooler…forget unreasonable and go to the Pharmmacy

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