MARTIN KEMP’S MINGUSOLOGY AT HOT NUMBERS
26 September 2014 at 8PM
An exciting dip into the bluesy, quirky, passionate and exciting songbook of Charles Mingus
Specimen song titles:
“Oh Lord, please don’t drop that Atomic Bomb on me!”
“The shoes of the fisherman’s wife are some jive-ass slippers”
“All the things you could be by now if Sigmund Freud’s wife was your Mother”
Charles Mingus was an explosive bass player, bandleader and composer who played and quarreled with almost every famous jazz musician from New Orleans veteran Kid Ory via Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker to Eric Dolphy . He was a challenging and innovative composer. Some of his compositions, such as Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Better Git Hit in your Soul, Nostalgia in Times Square and Fables of Faubus, have become classics and are played everywhere. His music is steeped in the blues, with traces of gospel, Duke Ellington Jelly Roll Morton and Stravinsky.
Mingusology is directed by Martin Kemp, who has adapted Mingus’ original arrangements for loose ensemble of of 5 formidable local players (Trumpet-Alto sax-Tenor sax-Baritone sax-trombone, plus a rhythm section which includes the great Steve Riddell.
The band’s first eruption on to the scene, still remembered, was at Jazz@John’s, and gigs in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have followed. Their last performance at Hot Numbers in March was a sell-out, so come early!
Expect gutsy riffs, exciting harmonies, bizarre juxtapositions and collective improvisation, along with occasional shouts, whistles and howls – and some lovely tunes.