Mingus Big Band at the Rialto Center for the Arts

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On the eve of the Superbowl 47 which was set to be in New Orleans, there was no better way to get in the spirit than to follow the tunes of the Migus Big Band.  This troupe made a stop at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University and performed before a packed house.

For one night, this historic hall was transformed to an intimate jazz club.  Charles Mingus was known as the “angry man of Jazz” whereas most of his music hit to the heart of cultural conflict. The lyrics “don’t drop that bomb on me” in one number points to the anti-nuclear movement as well as the troubles of the anti-black movement.  His pieces are complex but challenging.

There were highlights of solo pieces and baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian with her stylin’ high books blew the audience away as she sounded off.  Not to say the others did not make their mark.  This show was smooth and celebrated a man like no other, Charles Mingus.

This one act show is only one of the many varied acts that make a stop at the Rialto Center for the Arts, check out upcoming shows at: http://www.rialtocenter.org/

Coming up next on this historic stage is contemporary dance is Gallim Dance, check this and other Rialto Center for the Arts shows at: http://www.youtube.com/user/RialtoCenter

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