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(1922 - 1979) American jazz bass player, the first to exploit the bass as a solo instrument. Mingus was a major influence in jazz in the Fifties and Sixties, and his work remains most influential today. Rare, partly-printed D.S. "Charles Mingus", 1p. 4to., [n.p.], Dec. 18, 1972, an American Federation of Musicians contract engaging Mingus to appear at Williams College on January 31, 1973 to perform for 90 minutes, for which Mingus would receive $2,250.00. The contract also stipulates that employer would provide a "grand piano in good condition tuned to A440 pitch". Nicely signed by Mingus at bottom. Staple holes at top, else very good.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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