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LJO Honors Mingus

Physically: big. The mark he made on jazz: big. His sound: big. Any way you look at it, Charles Mingus (pictured) was big. And it takes a big band to pay tribute to the big man. On Nov. 23 the Luckman Jazz Orchestra (LJO), already a big band, will join forces with members of the Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata to honor the master bassist/composer with a concert at California State University’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

Under the conducting wands of both flutist/composer James Newton and Camerata leader David Buck, the musicians will perform famous Mingus compositions like “Sue’s Changes” and “Good-bye Porkpie Hat,” as well as number of lesser-known works Mingus composed for chamber ensemble. OK, so maybe the chamber pieces don’t sound very big at all, but it is a chance to hear some non-hit Mingus tunes-that’s big, right?

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