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97 Star Starred
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
at Cal State L.A. 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032
323-343-6600
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Listen to Jazz by Composer Charles Mingus

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Charles Mingus (1922-1979) is widely considered one of the three top jazz composers in the world—just behind Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

A famous quote from Mingus hints at the passion that went into his music: “Good jazz is when the leader jumps on the piano, waves his arms, and yells. Fine jazz is when a tenorman lifts his foot in the air. Great jazz is when he heaves a piercing note for 32 bars and collapses on his hands and knees. A pure genius of jazz is manifested when he and the rest of the orchestra run around the room while the rhythm section grimaces and dances around their instruments.”

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