It was a clique, a clique of people. Read Full Biography. In slightly under 230 pages, author Brian Priestley attempts to cover the life of Charles Mingus Biography by Richard S. Ginell + Follow Artist. Charles Mingus, one of the leading Jazz bass players, bandleaders and composers of the last 25 years, died Friday of a … Charles Mingus was born on April 22, 1922 in Nogales, Arizona, USA as Charles Barron Mingus. Established His Own Trademarks. Charles Mingus (22 April 1922 - 5 January 1979) was an American jazz composer, pianist, double bassist and bandleader. Ellington ’ s Influence. They're all separated. He was married to Sue Mingus, Judy Starkey, Celia Zaentz and Canilla Jeanne Gross. Bird was a symbol. Biography Early life and career. #Music #Writing #Play “It (jazz) isn't like it used to be. He died on January 5, 1979 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Charles Mingus, 56, Bass Player, Bandleader and Composer, Dead. Charles Mingus 1922 – 1979. He is widely regarded as one of the most iconoclastic and influential jazz musicians of the 1950s and 1960s. Bassist, composer. Individuals now. The guys aren't together. As a bassist, he knew few peers, blessed with a powerful tone and pulsating sense of rhythm, capable of elevating the instrument into the front line of a band. Who all believed in one thing: gettin' high. -- Charles Mingus . Charles Mingus Biography by Richard S. Ginell + Follow Artist. A legendary composer, innovator, and bass virtuoso who articulated contemporary emotional currents as well as anyone in jazz. And playin'.” Mingus was largely raised in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Charles Mingus was born in Nogales, Arizona.His father, Charles Mingus Sr., was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Prototype for the 1960s ” Chill of Death ” Selected discography. A legendary composer, innovator, and bass virtuoso who articulated contemporary emotional currents as well as anyone in jazz. Read Full Biography. His maternal grandfather was a Chinese British subject from Hong Kong, and his maternal grandmother was an African-American from the southern United States.