Charles Mingus Jazz Documentary: “Mingus On Mingus”

We all like to back a winner in this life. As a patron of the arts, I love to help fellow creative people achieve their goals with their music and film projects.

Kickstarter is a direct avenue for people to help people contribute to their dreams. The first Kickstarter project that I backed was Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie in April of 2010. I figured Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farmers fed half a million people at Woodstock and kept our dream alive. Why not repay that favor? I just rented it from iTunes and watched  via my PC/HDTV. It doesn’t get any more direct grass roots than that 😉 Gotta love when it all comes full circle!

I have backed four Kickstarter projects since which all got funded and moved forward!

I am writing today to keep that streak alive by sharing with you the Charles Mingus Jazz Documentary: “Mingus on Mingus”. The project deadline is one week from today December 18, 2011.

This project by Charles Mingus’s grandson, Kevin Ellington Mingus and Valeria Rios is a creative team formed to develop and promote the relationship of film and music through performance.

The feature-length documentary is the journey of a grandson searching for the truth behind the legend of the grandfather he never knew. Surrounded by controversy for his polemic actions and his unpredictability, the enigmatic figure of his grandfather became a jazz icon. The documentary opens doors to unknown facets of a composer who left one of the largest musical legacies of 20th Century American music. It is the path of his grandson, looking at the life of his grandfather through the eyes of those he touched and inspired, and through the locations where he lived and composed his art. The film rediscovers both, the man and the artist: Charles Mingus.


I urge my readers and fellow lovers of the jazz music idiom to embrace and support this project. What appeals to me the most is Kevin’s journey to discover and get closer to his grandfather Charles Mingus. I feel each of us will gain a stronger appreciation of the affinity we have for family, kinship and music by helping this project come to fruition.

Together we can make Kevin and Valeria’s vision a reality for jazz fans all over the planet.

For those who wish to know more about the Mingus on Mingus forthcoming documentary, please browse on over to the OrangeThenBlue production Web site.

Kickstarter contributions are accepted here:

58 Lambert Drive, Milford, CT

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