b. 8 July 1964, New York City, New York, USA. The son of the legendary jazz bass player, Charles Mingus, he too plays bass. For some years he worked as a session musician and backing singer, playing on dates with artists such as Carla Bley, Bobby McFerrin and Karen Mantler. When performing in his own right, Mingusâ€™ work displays a politically aware and somewhat rebellious streak reminiscent of his father although in a different genre. In many of the songs he performs, some of which he also writes, he confronts issues that still detrimentally affect black and mixed-race Americans. At the end of the 90s, Mingusâ€™ reputation began to spread overseas, owing in part to an appearance in England at the Meltdown Festival, during which he performed at Londonâ€™s Royal Festival Hall.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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