And playin'.” Bassist, composer. Charles Mingus, 56, Bass Player, Bandleader and Composer, Dead. Charles Mingus Biography by Richard S. Ginell + Follow Artist. It was a clique, a clique of people. Read Full Biography. Read Full Biography. Charles Mingus, one of the leading Jazz bass players, bandleaders and composers of the last 25 years, died Friday of a … Ellington ’ s Influence. -- Charles Mingus . As a bassist, he knew few peers, blessed with a powerful tone and pulsating sense of rhythm, capable of elevating the instrument into the front line of a band. His maternal grandfather was a Chinese British subject from Hong Kong, and his maternal grandmother was an African-American from the southern United States. Charles Mingus (22 April 1922 - 5 January 1979) was an American jazz composer, pianist, double bassist and bandleader. Charles Mingus 1922 – 1979. Mingus was largely raised in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He died on January 5, 1979 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Who all believed in one thing: gettin' high. #Music #Writing #Play “It (jazz) isn't like it used to be. Established His Own Trademarks. Biography Early life and career. They're all separated. Charles Mingus was born on April 22, 1922 in Nogales, Arizona, USA as Charles Barron Mingus. Individuals now. Charles Mingus was born in Nogales, Arizona.His father, Charles Mingus Sr., was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Bird was a symbol. A legendary composer, innovator, and bass virtuoso who articulated contemporary emotional currents as well as anyone in jazz. A legendary composer, innovator, and bass virtuoso who articulated contemporary emotional currents as well as anyone in jazz. Charles Mingus Biography by Richard S. Ginell + Follow Artist. He was married to Sue Mingus, Judy Starkey, Celia Zaentz and Canilla Jeanne Gross. He is widely regarded as one of the most iconoclastic and influential jazz musicians of the 1950s and 1960s. In slightly under 230 pages, author Brian Priestley attempts to cover the life of The guys aren't together. Prototype for the 1960s ” Chill of Death ” Selected discography.