The Autumnal Brilliance of “Mingus Ah Um”

When I listen to “Mingus Ah Um”, I rarely consider the many people, events, and pieces that form this magnificent puzzle. I instead always see a pathway lined with naked trees and carpeted with orange and brown leaves stirring with the breeze, and Charles Mingus never fails to engross me in his wonderful, autumnal world. Released in October of 1959, “Mingus Ah Um” plays like fall weather. It can turn from a gentle, relaxing breeze, to a whipping, howling gale in an instant, and Charles Mingus isn’t afraid to place those two sides together in stark contrast…

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In This Month: Rock ‘n Roll and Beatlemania

1963 was the year of screaming girls, wanna be rock stars, and strangers all squished in a frenzy for their love of none other than The Beatles. In fact, on August 4, 1963 they would be met by more fans than they ever could have imagined when they performed at the Queen’s Theatre in Blackpool, England. There were so many fans that The Beatles, themselves, couldn’t even enter through the performers entrance, and had to find a creative way to get inside…

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