Mingus Awareness Project benefit concert here June 9

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Honoring the late bass titan Charles Mingus, and raising money to fight ALS.Only a hundred seats at the Firehouse Theater June 9, so go get ’em:

Drummer Brian Jones, who organizes the Mingus Awareness Project concerts for Richmond, writes:Bassist/composer Charles Mingus, one of the titans of jazz, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on January 5, 1979. 

At the time, there was no cure for ALS.  Today, forty years later, there is still no cure.The Mingus Awareness Project is a series of concerts that benefits organizations that provide support for individuals who have ALS as well as their families. 

More than a dozen Mingus Awareness Project concerts have happened in Chicago, Illinois and Richmond, Virginia.Beyond supporting those stricken with ALS, MAP concerts also provide opportunities for audiences and performers to celebrate the music of Charles Mingus, music composed by artists who worked with Mingus, as well as music by composers who perform during MAP concerts.

Since 2007, drummer/composer Brian Jones has been presenting Mingus Awareness Project concerts in Richmond. The 2019 performance will feature:MAP Quintet:  John D’earth – trumpet, J.C. Kuhl – tenor saxophone, Calvin Brown – piano, Mike Hawkins – bass, and Brian Jones-drums.Larrabee/Millner Duo:  Adam Larrabee – electric guitar and Jamal Millner – electric guitar.Saint Mingus:  Reggie Pace – trombone, Suzi Fisher – alto saxophone, Stefan Demetriadis – tuba, Giustino Riccio – congas, and Brian Jones – drums.All proceeds from this concert will be donated to the ALS Association.

Poster by Bio Ritmo’s Rei Alvarez.