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Charles Mingus

Jazz Musician (22-Apr-1922 — 5-Jan-1979)


Janet Coleman; Al Young. Mingus/Mingus: Two Memoirs. Creative Arts Book Co.. 1989. 164pp.

Todd S. Jenkins. I Know What I Know: The Music of Charles Mingus. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2006. 196pp.

Charles Mingus. Beneath the Underdog: His World as Composed by Mingus. Alfred A. Knopf. 1971. 365pp.

Brian Priestley. Mingus: A Critical Biography. New York: Da Capo Press. 1983. 308pp.

Gene Santoro. Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus. Oxford University Press. 2000. 452pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.483)

  6. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1018)

  7. Current Biography, 1971 Yearbook (pp.274-76)

  8. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.671)

  9. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.504)

  10. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.345)

  11. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.346)

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