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Group Members: Ronnie Cuber, Alex Sipiagin Quintet, Ronnie Cuber Quintet, Kenny Drew, Jr., Kenny Drew Jr., Ryan Kisor, Ryan Kisor Quintet, David Taylor, Steve Slagle, Craig Handy, Seamus Blake, Seamus Blake Quartet, Blake, Seamus (quintet / Sexte, Seamus Blake Quintet, Blake, Seamus (quintet / sextet), Blake, Seamus / Quintet, Adam Cruz, Sipiagin, Alex (+ Blake / Roge, Rein de Graaff Quintet
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A major expansion on Mingus Dynasty, beginning in 1991 the Mingus Big Band (which often uses more than 20 musicians) has explored the great bassist's music at least once a week. They played regularly at the Time Spot Café in New York and their series of recordings for Dreyfus are often remarkable. The huge group performs some of Mingus' most complex works with spirit, virtuosity, and plenty of color. Such musicians as Randy Brecker, Ryan Kisor, Lew Soloff, Jack Walrath, Philip Harper, Art Baron, Frank Lacy, Ronnie Cuber, Alex Foster, Craig Handy, Chris Potter, Steve Slagle, John Stubblefield, James Carter, Kenny Drew, Jr., Michael Formanek, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith are among the many involved in this worthy and exciting project.
The Mingus Big Band is an ensemble, based in New York City, that specializes in the compositions of Charles Mingus. It is managed by his widow, Sue Mingus and represented by Michael Kline. In addition to its weekly Monday night appearance at the Jazz Standard in New York City, the Mingus Big Band also tours frequently in America, Europe and other parts of the world.
The band has received six Grammy nominations and won a Grammy in 2011 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for the album Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard
The band has featured an impressive array of musicians:Steve SlagleRandy BreckerFrank LacyJohn StubblefieldChris PotterRyan KisorAlex FosterJack Walrath (an alumnus of one of Mingus' last bands),Vincent HerringRonnie CuberJohn HicksSeamus BlakeJimmy Knepper
and many more.