He was born in Nogales Arizona April 22, 1922.

Bassist, Bandleader, Composer, Writer, Poet, Volcanic Force for Civil Rights.

Mingus is my hero, he is, next to Duke Ellington one of the pre-eminent composers of Jazz.

He was a great jazz poet and we will be taking a deep dive into the genius of “The Baron”

On the Nightside this Sunday.

Poem to Bird – Charles Parker by Charles Mingus

“A feather drifts and falls
Drifts and falls as it is
Blown and carried
By the winds of over a billion
Years ago . . .
Frees itself
And drifts towards our earth
Its beauties of knowledge
And of the past
Ring out
In melodic reveal
And weary of its long drifting travel
It lay down at our feet
To rest
To rest
For peace has come
And set it free on its last
Final journey . . .

It’s The Nightside with Andy O’ is on Sunday nights at 9 pm on 89.3 KUVO JAZZ

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