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The Mingus Big Band will celebrate Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at Jazz Standard (photo by Yuka Yamaji)

Jazz Standard
116 East 27th St. between Park & Lexington Aves.
Monday, December 24, $25, 7:30 & 9:30
Monday, December 31, $125, 7:30; $195, 10:30

The Mingus Big Band has been keeping the legacy of legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus (1922-79) alive since 1991, under the direction of the Angry Man of Jazz’s widow, Sue Mingus. The fourteen-piece band, which has been nominated for numerous Grammys, is back for another “Mingus Mondays” residency at Jazz Standard, and they’re not taking off for the holidays, playing two shows Christmas Eve ($25) and two on New Year’s Eve ($125 & $195, including three-course Blue Smoke barbecue feast). Trumpeters Alex Sipiagin, Tatum Greenblatt, and Philip Harper, saxophonists Wayne Escoffery, Abraham Burton, Alex Foster, Scott Robinson, and Lauren Sevian, trombonists Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Robin Eubanks, and Dave Taylor, pianist Helen Sung, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Donald Edwards play a repertoire that features such Mingus favorites as “Moanin’,” “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” “Gunslinging Bird,” “Boogie Stop Shuffle,” and “Nostalgia in Times Square.” The Mingus Orchestra takes over on January 7, with the Big Band returning January 14, 21, and 28.

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