Charles Mingus and his band (pictured here Horace Parlan on piano) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958.

Charles Mingus and his band (pictured here Horace Parlan on piano) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958.

Charles Mingus Jr. (22 Apr, 1922 – 5 Jan, 1979) Influential Jazz Double Bassist…

Charles Mingus Jr. (22 Apr, 1922 – 5 Jan, 1979) Influential Jazz Double Bassist…

Greatest jazz composer ever - Charles Mingus. #Charles_Mingus #jazz

Greatest jazz composer ever - Charles Mingus. #Charles_Mingus #jazz

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.    — CHARLES MINGUS

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. — CHARLES MINGUS

Mingus Ah Um is a jazz album by Charles Mingus, recorded and released on Columbia Records in 1959. It was his first album recorded for Columbia. The cover features a painting by S. Neil Fujita.

Mingus Ah Um is a jazz album by Charles Mingus, recorded and released on Columbia Records in 1959. It was his first album recorded for Columbia. The cover features a painting by S. Neil Fujita.

Charles Mingus Blues & Roots 180g LP (Mono) 180g Vinyl Mono LP Blues & Roots was recorded in 1959 and released in 1960. Bassist Charles Mingus is joined here by Horace Parlan, Jackie McLean, Booker Er

Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots 180g LP (Mono)

Charles Mingus Blues & Roots 180g LP (Mono) 180g Vinyl Mono LP Blues & Roots was recorded in 1959 and released in 1960. Bassist Charles Mingus is joined here by Horace Parlan, Jackie McLean, Booker Er

Charles Mingus and his band (pictured: Horace Parlan, Shafi Hadi/Curtis Porter, and Booker Ervin) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958 (photos by Dennis Stock)

Charles Mingus and his band (pictured: Horace Parlan, Shafi Hadi/Curtis Porter, and Booker Ervin) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958 (photos by Dennis Stock)

Charles Mingus " Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple. "

Charles Mingus " Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple. "

Charles Mingus was an American jazz musician, composer, bandleader, and civil rights activist.

Charles Mingus was an American jazz musician, composer, bandleader, and civil rights activist.

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