The Borderbend Arts Collective presented a Mingus Awareness Project concert at the Promontory in Chicago (November 10, 2015). The purposes of this MAP concert were to celebrate the life and music of Charles Mingus, and to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
The MAPtet performed two sets of music -- Saalik Ziyad (vocals), Jon Hey (piano), Steve Berry (trombone), Roger Carroll (alto and tenor saxophones), Fred Jackson (alto saxophone), Dan Godston (cornet, flugelhorn), Tom Berg (baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet), Alex Wing (upright bass), Avreeayl Ra (drums). The set list included "Better Get Hit in Your Soul" (Mingus), "Fables of Faubus," "Haitian Fight Song," "Peggy's Blue Skylight," "Self-Portrait in Three Colors," "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Jelly Roll," "Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi USA," "Ecclusiastics," "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am," "Isfahan" (Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn), "On the Spot" (Jaki Byard), "245" (Eric Dolphy), "Greenacrian Fight Song" (Roger Carroll) and "For Jaki Byard" (Alex Wing).
This Mingus Awareness Project concert was presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with the Les Turner ALS Foundation. More than a dozen Mingus Awareness Project concerts have happened since its inception in 2007 -- in the Chicago area (at the Velvet Lounge, Jazz Showcase, Promontory, Hideout, HotHouse, Martyrs’ and Fitzgerald’s) and Richmond, Virginia (at The Camel, Rhythm Hall, and Balliceaux).