CHARLES MINGUS: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat





Charles Mingus // Fables of Faubus

I was listening to JazzFM when the song came into my night, a jazz tune from the fifties could mean something special, Fables of Faubus confirms that rule, who was Faubus? The tune develops in a way that has always caught my attention – will there be any story behind the song? Orval Faubus was an Arkansas governor, the plot involves nine African-American teenagers, the National Guard and even the army’s 101st Airborne Division, all of it in a small town named Little Rock.

the whole story can be read here

Charles Mingus // Mingus at Antibes

Some people say it is among the best live albums ever, better listen to it to be sure of that!

Recorded Wednesday, July 13, 1960, at the Antibes Jazz Festival, Juan-les-Pins, France



Dave Holland | GoodBye Pork Pie Hat

1959 The Year that Changed Jazz

Tell me that jazz isn’t/wasn’t important in changing people’s minds! After all jazz has been constantly changing – It would be a surprise if it had stagnated and so we would still be listening to hardbop these days.The documentary is a must-see produced by the BBC.


Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um | five-star jazz albums

mingus ah um


“Better Git It in Your Soul”
“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”
“Boogie Stop Shuffle”
“Self-Portrait in Three Colors”
“Open Letter to Duke”
“Bird Calls”
“Fables of Faubus”
“Pussy Cat Dues”
“Jelly Roll”


John Handy – alto sax , clarinet , tenor sax
Booker Ervin – tenor sax
Shafi Hadi – tenor sax , alto sax
Willie Dennis – trombone
Jimmy Knepper – trombone
Horace Parlan – piano
Charles Mingus – bass, piano
Dannie Richmond – drums

Body and Soul: Charles Mingus and the Newport Rebels

The year is 1960 – the band the so-called the Newport Rebels, promenades along the tune ever so sweetly.
Personnel: Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), Eric Dolphy (alto sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Charles Mingus (bass), Philly Jo Jones (drums)

Thana Alexa & Jorge Roeder: The Wanderer (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat)



Thana Alexa rewrote Charles Mingus’ song “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” for some good reason. During a jazz course on improvisation she learned the song, it had really a strong impact on her, the need to express all that she was going through came naturally, so the vocalese and the words were put together, the song’s new title became The Wanderer.


Ode to Heroes (Jazz Village) CD Release Party   March 23, 2015   SubCulture NYC
Thana Alexa – voice & lyrics
Jorge Roeder – bass