Mingus Sings, the vocal music of Charles Mingus
Saturday, February 29, 7:30pm, Auburn State Theatre, $10-$28
Charles Mingus transcended cool. I haven’t ever felt comfortable calling someone a cool cat, but Mingus is so cool that there’s no way to describe the virtuoso jazz bassist other than saying, he was one cool cat. His musical influence extended far past his death in 1979 and for Sacramento audiences, Mingus’ lyrical music will be showcased. With permission from his widow Sue, vocalist Ellen Johnson recorded vocals over several Mingus tunes, including, “Peggy’s Blue Skylight,” “Nostalgia In Times Square” and “Noddin Ya Head Blues.” She’ll be bringing Mingus’ music alive on stage this Saturday at Auburn State Theatre. 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, livefromauburn.com.