CHARLES MINGUS: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat





Stanley Clarke Band: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat | Leverkusener Jazztage 2016



Dave Holland | GoodBye Pork Pie Hat

Avishai Cohen: Safety Land | Goodbye Pork Pie Hat | + interview

Both music and words are fundamental to understand context! Avishai plays two tunes and says a lot about his work.

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


Avishai Cohen Quartet: live at Jazz Standard, NYC – April 27th

April 27th
Avishai Cohen – trumpet Jason Lindner – piano Tal Mashiach – bass  Justin Brown – drums

set times: 7h30 | 9h30 Jazz Standard, NYC

more details at:

watch avishai at  playing Goodbye Pork Pie Hat


CHARLES MINGUS: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Live at Montreux 1975

If you have an YouTube account and watch the right videos, new videos will be suggested – it’s up to you to decide which ones are interesting or not, after a while the new suggestions might even surprise you!

Charles Mingus at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1975, the band plays Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, a tribute to Lester Young.


CHARLES MINGUS: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Why is a post about this tune “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” performed by the Mingus Big Band driving so much (it’s not really that much) traffic to my blog? It’s not even the original song, that’s why I decided to post the original ballad composed by Charles Mingus, dedicated to saxophonist Lester Young who had died a few months before the album “Mingus Ah Um” was recorded, and named after Young’s favourite type of hat.

In a beautiful and really unforgettable melody, John Handy plays an exceptional tenor sax solo, but now it’s time to get back to the main reason of this post – the traffic to my blog – apparently the YouTube uploader of the Goodbye Pork Pie Hat‘s version by the Mingus Big Band confessed he ignored the name of the saxophone soloist and asked for help to identify him.

Two of the commenters dropped this link as having the answer for the mystery!

That’s how I went viral! :D:D:D

John Handy – tenor saxophone Booker Ervin – tenor saxophone Shafi Hadi – tenor saxophone Horace Parlan – piano Charles Mingus – bass Dannie Richmond – drums

Lester Young


This jazz standard was composed by Charles Mingus, written as an elegy for saxophonist Lester Young, who died two months before its first recording session on the album Mingus Ah Um. The name of the composition was inspired by Lester’s broad-rimmed pork pie hat. The song has been recorded by many jazz musicians throughout the years.

On this version performed by the Mingus Big Band we can listen to an outstanding Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone.