- NAME: Charles Mingus
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist
- BIRTH DATE: April 22, 1922
- DEATH DATE: January 05, 1979
- Did You Know?: Charles Mingus's final studio project, Mingus, was a collaboration with singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Nogales, Arizona
- PLACE OF DEATH: Cuernavaca, Mexico
- AKA: Charlie Mingus
- Full Name: Charles Mingus Jr.
- Nickname: The Angry Man of Jazz
- AKA: Charles Mingus
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African-American jazz musician Charles Mingus earned renown for his distinctive performances on bass and innovative work as a composer.
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He released such albums as Let My Children Hear Music and Cumbia & Jazz Fusion during the decade.
Mingus was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) in 1977. Seeking treatment for the disease, he was with his wife, Susan, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, when he died of a heart attack on January 5, 1979. Just months earlier, Mingus had completed work on his final studio project, Mingus—a collaboration with singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell that was released in June 1979.
In addition to his many recordings, Mingus left behind a memoir titled Beneath the Underdog, published in 1971. He has been the subject of several biographies and a documentary film, Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog, which was released in 1998.
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