Jazz at the Bechtler

Jazz at the Bechtler




The Ziad Jazz Quartet pays tribute to virtuoso bassist/composer/pianist Charles Mingus during the June 6 Jazz at the Bechtler concerts.

Mingus (1922-1979) was known for his eclectic blend of gospel, jazz and classical styles. His early influences came from church choirs and the sounds of Duke Ellington on the radio, and were later followed by formal studies in trombone, bass and composition. In the 1940s Mingus toured with legends Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory and Lionel Hampton, eventually playing and recording with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington himself. After settling in New York, Mingus formed an experimental musicians' group called the Jazz Workshop for young composers.

Mingus recorded more than 100 albums, which illuminated his creative and diverse avant-garde music. His influential albums of the 1950s include Pithecanthropus Erectus, The Clown, Tijuana Moods, Mingus Ah Aum and Mingus Dynasty. The New Yorker wrote of Mingus, "For sheer melodic and rhythmic and structural originality, his compositions may equal anything written in western music in the twentieth century."

Hear selections via NPR from a rare performance of Mingus's groundbreaking jazz symphony Epitaph.


Concerts are performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. Each concert is performed without an intermission in the museum lobby.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show and at 7:45 for the 8:15 show. Seating is first come, first served. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed.

Food and Drink

Light bites are sold before and during the concert. The cash bar offers beer, wine and select liquor.

 Jazz at the Bechtler attendees who visit e2 emeril's eatery for dinner before or after the concert are eligible for the restaurant's "3 for $35" three course prix fixe menu. Ask server for details.




Concertgoers receive discounted parking in the Levine Center for the Arts garage. Bring ticket in for validation.

More Information

Visit the Jazz at the Bechtler webpage for the 2013-2014 season lineup.

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Image: Charles Mingus

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