Good morning and happy monday, everyone.

As you may have noticed lately, I have typically included a Charles Mingus track for Fitzie’s Track of the Day on Mondays. So, I’d like to introduce you to Mingus Mondays:

I didn’t discover Charles Mingus until a couple of years ago. The first jazz record I bought was a picture disc of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. I was a little intimidated whenever I would pore through the jazz section at the record stores. Who was good? Who wasn’t? I didn’t have much to go by.

Thelonious Monk was the first jazz musician that I first took a liking to. Thelonious Himself was the first Monk record I owned. It was an easy, non-threatening way to immerse myself into the jazzverse and have some sort of understanding for how it works. It was also great music.

I then sought to expand my record collection (which was Classic Rock, Classic Rock, Classic Rock). The easiest way for me to find a great jazz record was searching for jazz artists who played my…

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