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Mingus Among Us

Creative Opportunity Orchestra's Fifth Annual New Jazz Series

June 16, 2006, Music

In a Very Rare Mood

Alex Coke and John Mills
Saxophone Trio & String Quartet
Sonny Rollins meets the Kronos Quartet.

The Wonderland Band

Named for the Mingus in Wonderland record and formed by bassist Beau Sample and alto/baritone saxophonist David Chenu, who play their arrangements of classic Mingus recordings. Featuring ECFA's Carl Smith, as well as Ephraim Owens, Evan Jacobs, and Jason Friedrich.

Ruta Maya, Friday, June 16, 7pm

8-Hand Piano Performance

Bob Rodriguez, Eddy Hobizal, James Polk, Fred Sanders

Free-form piano composition and improvisation. With two pianos, eight hands, and a basic compositional frame, each pianist performs solo, then together.

The Steinway Gallery, 12980 N. Hwy. 183, Friday, June 23, 7pm

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

A screening of the classic documentary directed by Don McGlynn, with a special introduction by the jazz bassist's widow, Sue Mingus.

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, Friday, June 23, 10pm

Book Reading & Signing With Sue Mingus

Sue Mingus, wife of the late, great bassist and composer will read, sign, and answer questions about her 2002 memoir, Tonight at Noon. BookPeople will host a Shopping Night, 5-11pm, this same evening. Print out the Shopping Night flyer at, present it to the cashier, and a portion of your purchases will benefit the Creative Opportunity Orchestra.

BookPeople, Saturday, June 24, 7pm

Tina Marsh & the Creative Opportunity Orchestra

Featuring special guest bassist Boris Koslov from the NYC-based Mingus Big Band, who joins the CO2 for a tribute to Charles Mingus.

Laguna Gloria Amphitheatre, Sunday, June 25, 7:30pm

Tickets for all events available at door. Reservations: 448-3485 or e-mail

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