Charles Mingus’s 1964 European tour

March 31, 2014

Fifty years ago, the Charles Mingus Sextet toured Europe.

This tour represented a peak in Mingus’s career. It was a culmination of what he’d been striving for musically, with one of his strongest bands who could be trusted to accompany him in twenty-five minute pieces full of improvisation. Charles Mingus had Dannie Richmond by his side, his most trusted drummer, and the great Jaki Byard on piano. Jaki was a true virtuoso but exercised great restraint and produced incomparable blues.

For Mingus aficionados, it’s great that most of this tour was recorded, but the show on 19 April (the doors actually opened on the 18th but the band took to the stage after midnight) is the strongest recording. It’s like a jazz ninth symphony, or perhaps a B-minor mass- minus a trumpeter, as Johnny Coles had collapsed the previous night. The tunes last at least a quarter of an hour each but maintain their momentum throughout, with stunning solos.

Clifford Jordan plays melodies, not riffs, though was sometimes ridiculed by Mingus for not being loud enough.

Mingus’s beloved Eric Dolphy was never on the receiving end of criticism. At the end of the tour, in late April and after Mingus’s 42nd birthday, the band went home, whilst Eric stayed in Germany, where he was to die in June.

In September, in Monterey, Mingus performed a triumphant version of “Meditations on Integration” and I’m sure he was looking at the Californian sky and thinking of Eric.4022802866_3d582f956a_b



February 5, 2014


Bars 45-49


February 4, 2014

Practiced first section of Gigue, Suite 3, BWV 995.


February 2, 2014

Bar 25 onwards.



February 2, 2014

Gigue from Suite 3, BWV 995. Bars 25 onwards (B section).




January 29, 2014



Gigue from Suite 3, BWV995, around bar 35.


October 5, 2013



My Erdös number is 4.

June 12, 2013

Dear Chris,

Your number is probably 4, via this path (MR believes that S. Rao Jammalamadaka and J. S. Rao are the same person, and I am assuming this is true):

MR1395611 (97b:05139) Erdos, Paul(H-AOS); Janson, Svante(S-UPPS); \L uczak, Tomasz(1-EMRY-CS); Spencer, Joel(1-NY-XC) A note on triangle-free graphs. Random discrete structures (Minneapolis, MN, 1993), 117–119, IMA Vol. Math. Appl., 76, Springer, New York, 1996.

MR0866355 (88b:60057) Jammalamadaka, S. Rao(1-UCSB); Janson, Svante(S-UPPS) Limit theorems for a triangular scheme of $U$-statistics with applications to inter-point distances. Ann. Probab. 14 (1986), no. 4, 1347–1358.

MR0532251 (80f:62018) Kent, J. T.; Mardia, K. V.; Rao, J. S. A characterization of the uniform distribution on the circle. Ann. Statist. 7 (1979), no. 4, 882–889.

MR1188488 Kent, John T.(4-LEED-S); Wright, Christopher(4-LEED-S) Some suggestions for transmission tomography based on the EM algorithm. (English summary) Stochastic models, statistical methods, and algorithms in image analysis (Rome, 1990), 219–232, Lecture Notes in Statist., 74, Springer, Berlin, 1992.

Thanks for your interest in the Erdos Number Project.

best regards, jerry –Jerrold W. Grossman, Professor VOICE: (248) 370-3443 Department of Mathematics and Statistics FAX: (248) 370-4184 Oakland University FLESH: 346 SEB Rochester, MI 48309-4485 E-MAIL: WEB:

3.6.2013: BWV 995

June 3, 2013

More very, very slow progress today on the Gavotte I from Lute Suite BWV 995.


June 3, 2013

BWV 995 Gavotte I bars 7-8.