Tuesday, April 3rd: Lower East Side Heritage Film Series: Charles Mingus Turns 90

Mingus
Seward Park Branch Library (192 East Broadway, Manhattan)
6:30pm
Free

Thomas Reichman directs this interview with jazz musician Charles Mingus from his lower Manhattan apartment. With his five-year-old daughter and 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 and various groups performing in clubs 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 for suspected drug use. His double bass is abandoned on the city street.