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  • Miles Perkins (2004)

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    As a child growing up in the late 1960s in Berkeley, California, Miles Perkins, the director, founder and bassist for Mingus Amungus, was fortunate to be surrounded by music, dance, and a passion for exploration. Growing up in such a diverse environment as Berkeley allowed Miles to view the world, and jazz, in a non-traditional way. This world view would become the basis for Mingus Amungus.
    Perkins took advantage of the rich music and performing arts programs for which Berkeley is renown. The classically trained bassist took a hiatus from music while obtaining a degree in Philosophy from UCLA before returning to the jazz fold. Since 1991 he has steadily gained recognition not only as a bassist, but also as a creative and charismatic band leader. Appearing with artists such as Peter Apelfbaum, Billy Childs, Pete Escovedo, Chico Freeman, Craig Handy, John Handy, Monyungo Jackson, William Kennedy, Charles McPherson, Marcus Printup, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Carlos Santana, and Sonny Simmons, he also makes a special guest appearance on the Charlie Hunter Trio's self-titled debut CD and Cleveland Lounge Act's debut CD and can also be seen gigging with Milestone recording artist Dave Ellis.
    Feeling the need to expand the concept of jazz, Perkins founded Mingus Amungus in 1994. Using the inspiration of Charles Mingus' music as a foundation, but also operating outside the confine of traditional jazz, the group quickly became a Bay Area favorite at local clubs, jazz festivals, and concert halls. Miles received a nomination for Outstanding Bassist in the 2004 California Music Awards.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Ray Brown Walk On Three by Four (Telarc)
    # 2 Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 Ruby My Dear (Blue Note)
    # 3 Cachao Master Sessions, Vol. Ii Juana la Coja ("Jane the Lame") (Cine Son)
    # 4 Charles Mingus Blues and Roots Moanin' (Atlantic)
    # 5 Dave Ellis State of Mind Barbados (Milestone)
    # 6 Joshua Redman Elastic Jazz Crimes (Warner Bros)
    # 7 Ron Carter Peg Leg Chapter XI (OJC)
    # 8 Ray Brown Something for Lester Sister Sadie (OJC)
    Book "How to ..." books
    Luxury Item An iPod
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Monty Alexander Stir It Up N/A (Telarc)
    Alt 2 Paul Chambers First Bassman N/A (Collectables)
    Alt 3 Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton and Mark Whitfield Fingerpainting N/A (Verve)
    Alt 4 Charles Mingus Complete Candid Recordings N/A (Mosaic)
    Alt 5 Charles Mingus Mingus in Wonderland N/A (Blue Note)
    Alt 6 Charles Mingus Statements N/A (Lotus)
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    09 Feb
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    13 Apr
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan
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