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One more once for Mingus

If you thought last Sunday was your only chance to catch the Richmond Mingus Awareness Project, you thought wrong.

Mingus Awareness Project: Return to Richmond

After a year off, Brian Jones’s Mingus Awareness Project is back. The event features the finest jazz around, including a big band directed by Doug Richards. All proceeds benefit research for ALS, making this an event truly worthy of your time and your ears.

M.A.P. Trio – Richmond (Slang Sanctuary, 2008)

by Dean Christesen Brightly dodging around the melody of “Jelly Roll,” the M.A.P. Trio abandons the original harmony of the first few lines, instead stating the melody in unison. And so goes the challenge of performing Charles Mingus’ music with a trio: sacrifices of the original composition must be made, but the ways that those […]

Sights from Mingus Awareness Project

by Dean Christesenphotos by Lindsey PratherThe 2nd Annual Mingus Awareness Project in Richmond this evening seemed to be, to say the very least, an absolute success on all levels. The huge turnout challenged Gallery5’s capacity and made even standing room something to be thankful for. All three groups were simply amazing and were met with […]

Mingus Awareness Project: A word from Jon Godston

Mingus Awareness Project co-creator Jon Godston sent the following message after the most recent piece was published: It was an idea that Dan and I talked about after our Mom passed away in May’06. Both of us live in Chicago, and Dan is pretty active on the jazz scene (his non-profit, Borderbend Arts Collective, organizes […]

Mingus Awareness Project: A Benefit for ALS Research

By Dean Christesen One year ago on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the Mingus Awareness Project found its home away from home in Richmond, Virginia. Created and first held in Chicago by brothers Jon, Dan, and Erik Godston in May 2007, M.A.P. was formed to educate people on two topics: jazz bassist Charles Mingus and Amyotrophic […]

Brian Jones Events

Three exciting events are on the horizon featuring drummer Brian Jones: On September 18, Chop Suey Books hosts Musicircus, the perennial celebration of composer John Cage. Organized by Jones, the Musicircus will feature several musicians throughout the store and in the back yard playing music at the same time. From 8 to 9 pm, cacophony […]