Mingus is one of the most difficult players and composers of the bop
and post-bop era to define. His complex rhythms and tempos made him a stand-out
artist within the jazz genre. His thematic compositions, were often inspired
by political events and/or people, such as "Fables of Faubus," named after
Orval E. Faubus, Governor of Arkansas who, in 1957, deployed the National
Guard to prevent a few black children from entering Little Rock's Central
High School. His music covered a wide range of styles, from his earliest
work with Louis Armstrong to his later free-form orchestral compositions.
Mingus never played it safe. His artistic intent was to create an immediate
emotional statement through what he created. While he relied on the individual
strength of his players, he would always inspire and channel their creative
energies toward collective expression.
with the individual strengths of his players in mind, Miles Perkins
brings Mingus' musical philosophy into the the new millennium with
Mingus Amungus. Musically, he too, like Mingus, never plays
it safe. The all-star seven piece band weaves its way through Mingus'
intricate charts with hard-hitting be-bop, funk and classical. The
band then sprinkles San Francisco's native Hip-Hop Jazz flavor into
the mix with a variety of lyricists, thereby bringing Mingus' work
into the contemporary age. Recognized with a 1997 BAMMIE award for
Most Outstanding Jazz Club Band, Mingus Amungus is a noted
festival favorite and a must-see act.
cultures, Mingus Amungus frequently works with dancers who focus
on Jazz Improvisational, Haitian and Brazilian dance. These collaborations
are breathtaking performances and can include up to 15 musicians, drummers,
vocalists and dancers providing the audience with a glimpse into the richness
of cultures that are often undervalued in urban society.