All That Jazz

March 28, 2004

When Charles Mingus died, his widow took his ashes to India and scattered them in the Ganges.  But that wasn’t the end.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Sue Mingus talks about the legacy of her late husband’s music: his spirituality, his anger, and his love.  Also, a conversation with the Bad Plus, a cutting-edge trio who put a jazz spin on Nirvana, Abba, and Black Sabbath.

  1. The Bad Plus on Music

    The Bad Plus is a hot young jazz trio that puts a jazz spin of rock classics from Nirvana and Black Sabbath. 

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  2. Sue Mingus on Charles Mingus

    Sue Mingus tells Jim Fleming how she met her husband, recalls their two weddings, explains why she spread her husband’s ashes in the Ganges River and talks about his last days in Mexico.  And we hear lots of his music.  

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  3. Frederick Turner on 1929: A Novel of the Jazz Age

    Frederick Turner is the author of “1929: a Novel of the Jazz Age.”  Turner reads from the book and talks with Steve Paulson about its central character, Bix Beiderbeck. 

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  4. Gene Santoro on Louis Armstrong

    Gene Santoro tells Anne Strainchamps that Louis Armstrong is one of the most influential musical figures of all time and that you can hear echoes of his style in everything from country to hip hop.  And we hear samples to prove it.

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