Friday, October 30, 2009

Clayton Community Big Band Presents Mingus Music in Spivey Hall, November 30

The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band in “Big Band Arrangements of the Music of Charles Mingus” on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. Admission is free.

Jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979) is regarded by many as one of the most historically significant figures in all of jazz history, particularly because of his many colorful and unorthodox compositions that rivaled the genius of his idol, Duke Ellington.

On Nov. 30, the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) pays homage to Mingus in a musical presentation of several big band arrangements of his compositions, many from his popular 1959 recording, “Mingus Ah Um.” Also featured are selections from the libraries of such ensembles as Buddy Rich, Gordon Goodwin, and the Tonight Show Orchestra. Other highlights include two vocal numbers featuring Clayton State music students Lianna Wimberly and Kristy Bryant.

Musicians performing in “Big Band Arrangements of the Music of Charles Mingus” include: Stacey Houghton (Rex), director and Tenor Saxophone; saxophones: Jacob Campbell (Stockbridge), David Smith (Atlanta), Carl Dixon (Morrow), Michael Terry (Meansville), and John Babb (McDonough); trumpets: Michael Anthony G. Bailey (Decatur), Mark Lewis (McDonough), Julian K. Smith, Jr. (Decatur), William Hurst (McDonough); trombones: Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Dr. Patrick Carney (Stockbridge), Amy Castillo (Jackson) and Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood); piano: Marvin Pollock (Forest Park); guitar: Caleb Halstead (McDonough); bass: Jennifer Dunn (Lovejoy) and Tony Terrell (Forest Park); and drums: Court Tatum (Lovejoy).

The CCBB, now in its ninth year, is comprised of Clayton State music students and talented community musicians from the surrounding area.

For more information on the CCBB performance of “Big Band Arrangements of the Music of Charles Mingus,” please contact CCBB Director Houghton at

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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