Tuesday, April 3, 2012

LES Heritage Film Series Tonight: Happy 90th Birthday Charles Mingus!

The fine folks at NYPL have done it again with tonight's free event.  The LES Film Series has put together another in their line of amazing movies this time celebrating one of the best bass players to ever live, Charlie Mingus

My co-worker Sean has put this project together down at Seward Park Library and it should be a great event.  Here is the description of the film that will be shown:
 Mingus (1968, 59 min., 16mm) 
Thomas Reichman directs this 1966 interview with jazz musician Charlie Mingus at the time of his eviction from his lower Manhattan loft.  With his five-year-old daughter Carolyn and amidst the clutter of his belongings, the famed double bass player, pianist, composer and bandleader, addresses the camera and discusses his work, the discrimination he experienced in the United States and abroad, and the often complicated relationships of men and women. Mingus' monologue is intercut with footage of him performing at Lennies On The Turnpike with numbers including: "All the Things You Are," "Secret Love," and "Take the A Train."  At the conclusion, Mingus is evicted from his home and arrested on a mistaken drug charge.  His belongings are hauled away and his double bass is (albeit temporarily) abandoned on the city street.

Tuesday April 3, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Seward Park Branch Library
Community Room
192 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-6770

It should be a fun time and a neat little piece of the LES to check out for free with a knowledgeable staff there to help you out.  So stop by if you can. 

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