Charles Mingus

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    The Music Films of Houston Cinema Arts Fest 2014

    Music-related films only make up about ten percent of the program of this year's Houston Cinema Arts Festival, or five out of almost 50 films in all. But those five -- about far-flung subjects ranging from Indonesian street musicians, graffiti-strewn subway trains (set to a killer soundtrack), a Hou ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    We Nominate In the Ice Bucket Challenge...

    Even in today's viral culture, this "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise money for ALS research has taken many by surprise. Instead of quickly blowing over like so many digital fads, this one continues to yield more famous (and not-so-famous) people getting doused on Facebook and YouTube every day. Appar ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Free Radicals, "Soundtrack For the Revolution"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Happy Birthday Christian Science! 5 Musicians of the Faith

    On this day in 1821 was born the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy. She was a girl in poor health who began to see faults in the religious teachings of predestination and original sin. This led her to a worship more centered on God's love, which caused a rift in her extremel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Charles Mingus: A Beginner's Guide to the Late Jazz Great

    True story: once, we were entertaining some people at home and my rat terrier, Mingus, got loose and began mingling with the guests. Because he's an insufferable attention-seeker and since people are nice and tend not to be threatened by terriers, a woman petted him and asked what his name was. I t ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2012

    Garland Jeffreys, The Contortionist

    Friend of the Boss, reflects on his well-lived rock-and-roll life.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    The Roots Of Lionize: From Miles Davis To Led Zeppelin

    It's hard to find a band that reps Miles Davis in the same breath as much as they do Led Zeppelin, but Lionize are that band. Recording in Jamaica with Steel Pulse's Sidney Mills, supporting beardos like Kylesa, Clutch, and cKy? Yes, that's Lionize for you. Opening for Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011
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    January 21, 2010

    Straight, No Chaser

    The most underground music in Houston right now isn't rap or indie's jazz.

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    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Seven Jazz Icons Hit the Screen

    Compared to Deadheads, Beatles fans and the KISS Army, fans of classic '50s and '60s jazz are, admittedly, a small but extremely dedicated bunch. Somewhere out there is a middle-aged man (possibly with a beard) creaming his corduroys to discover tape of Miles Davis sneezing into the mike during a lo ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008
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    August 16, 2007
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    November 9, 2006

    Born to Bruise

    Jolie Holland takes it to the river

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    Starry Lullabye

    Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop

  • Music

    January 8, 2004

    Bastard Sons of Brian Eno

    Ambient music lives on in the Bliss Out series

  • Music

    July 11, 2002

    Illinois Jacquet

    Jumpin' at Apollo (Delmark)

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Free Radicals

    Our Lady of Eternal Sunny Delights (Rastaman Work Ethic)

  • Culture

    November 22, 2001

    The Artist's Life

    Tierney Malone turns a few of his favorite things into dramatic graphic images

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    Fire Breather with a Sax

    Carlos Garnett decides to chill down here after almost 40 years in New York City

  • Music

    December 2, 1999

    Tiny Tunes

    Little Jimmy Scott: The Savoy Years and More...

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    A Jazz Odyssey

    Even without his commander, Marshall Allen orchestrates interplanetary space travel just fine, thank you

  • Music

    March 4, 1999

    Phat Cat

    Ex-Stray Cat Lee Rocker brings rockabilly into the '90s

  • Film

    February 11, 1999

    All That Jazz

    Masters Mingus and Gordon get their due in Rice documentaries

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    October 1, 1998
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    January 29, 1998
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    October 2, 1997
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    March 13, 1997
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    August 29, 1996
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    June 29, 1995
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    June 16, 1994
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    May 26, 1994