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Today would have been Charles Mingus’ 91st Birthday and as such we’re going to celebrate one of his most pivotal albums and the drummer whose rapport with Mingus helped to define the style and feel of the record with the man who most certainly goes down in history as one of the greatest bassists, composers, and bandleaders of all time. Drummer Dannie Richmond joined Mingus at the young age of 20.

Fresh off of her Grammy-award winning ‘Mosaic Project,’ Terri Lyne Carrington went straight back into the studio to create another project of equal quality and substance. ‘Money Jungle’ was originally recorded in 1962 by Duke Ellington, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus. Just over 50 years later Carrington brings back the raw tension evoked by Ellington, Roach, and Mingus with her own trio filled out by Christian McBride and Gerald Clayton and featuring additional guests Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Tia Fuller, and more. Check out what Carrington had to say about the record before you see her perform it at Dizzy’s this week!

Amir Abdullah is currently in the process of relaunching Detroit’s Strata Records with reissues and never-before-heard records from the historic artists who recorded on Strata. The Strata Records catalog contains some of the most exciting music that has never been released from artists who later went on to obtain legendary statuses. Moreover, Strata was a community of artists who never ceased to amaze both in personality and material. We brought in Amir to tell his story, the story of Strata, and the ongoing journey to bring this incredible music to the our ears. Read up and be ready for a steady stream of exclusive content in the coming months!

Ambitious projects that seek to mash up genres tend to yield something unique or miss the mark, but luckily for music fans this one mostly turns out OK. Sponsored by Hyundai and brought together by The Grammys, Re:Generations takes five contemporary DJs and puts them in different settings to see how successful they could be with cross-genre, cross-generational collaborations. Director Amir Bar-Lev suggests throughout the film that convergence is what’s happening with music in general, especially through the implicit double meaning of the title.

Spend your Mondays in February with the Grammy nominated Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard. Also check out the lineups for the Mingus High School Competition and Festival the weekend of 2/17/12-2/19/12. The weekend will feature a series of workshops, events, and the competition.

The Jazz Standard celebrates the 3rd Anniversary of their “Mingus Mondays” featuring the Mingus Big Band on October 3rd. After 3 years of their residency at the Jazz Standard, the group won the 2011 Grammy Award for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” for Mingus Big Band Live at the Jazz Standard.