This class will examine the fascinating life and selected works of the influential jazz composer and double bassist, Charles Mingus. We will explore key musical concepts and esthetics that distinguished his personal compositional style and bass playing throughout the various periods of his musical career, and examine how this was shaped by his impassioned character and life experiences. While elements of basic music theory will be discussed, musical training is not a prerequisite. Live demonstrations by renowned jazz artists are a part of the presentation.
Jeff Densonis a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory, an international touring and recording artist, and the artistic director of Ridgeway Arts. He holds a D.M.A. in contemporary music performance from UC San Diego, an M.M. in jazz studies from Florida State University, and a B.M. in performance from Berklee College of Music.