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Date of Birth 22 April 1922Nogales, Arizona, USA
Date of Death 5 January 1979Cuernavaca, Mexico  (heart attack)
Birth NameCharles Barron Mingus
Nicknames The King of Jazz Bass
The Angry Man of Jazz
Baron

Mini Bio (1)

Charles Mingus was born on April 22, 1922 in Nogales, Arizona, USA as Charles Barron Mingus. He was married to Sue Mingus, Judy Starkey, Celia Zaentz and Canilla Jeanne Gross. He died on January 5, 1979 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Spouse (4)

Sue Mingus (August 1975 - 5 January 1979) (his death)
Celia Zaentz (2 April 1951 - 1958) (divorced) (1 child)
Canilla Jeanne Gross (3 January 1944 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Judy Starkey (? - 1970) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

Jazz musician.
Ashes scattered in the Ganges River, India
Raised in the Watts area of Los Angeles, CA.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.
Co-founded, with Sue Mingus and Max Roach, Debut Records (1952-1957), Los Angeles, CA.
Began with Kid Ory and Barney Bigard. First achieved international recognition as a member of the Red Norvo Trio in 1950.
One of the first African-American musicians to form his own record label ('Debut') in 1953.
Was of mixed ancestry, having British-born Chinese, Swedish and African-American grandparents.
Virtuoso double bass player, inspired to play jazz by the music of Duke Ellington.
Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition in 1971.

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