CHARLES "CHARLIE" MINGUS He signs a 2-page document (1974) detailing arrangements for his quintet's tour of South America that year, accompanied by a series of unsigned filed copies of letters related to the tour. Typed DS: "Charles Mingus" on second page, 2 pages, 8½x11, separate sheets. No place, circa 1974.

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He signs a 2-page document (1974) detailing arrangements for his quintet's tour of South America that year, accompanied by a series of unsigned filed copies of letters related to the tour.
Typed DS: "Charles Mingus" on second page, 2 pages, 8½x11, separate sheets. No place, circa 1974. Headed: "Charles Mingus - South American Tour Rider". Details for the performances of the Charles Mingus Quintet in South America between August 1-12, 1974. Ten points are listed, including the duration of the concerts (two hours, including intermission, with no more than one concert per day), transportation (five round-trip economy and one first-class plane fare from New York City to the initial engagement in South America), accommodations (first class hotel accommodations for six people), payment terms ($20,000, broken down into five installments), billing (Mingus was to receive 100% top billing), two television performances and other considerations (including provision of a grand piano, four music stands and a bass fiddle amplifier). Also signed: "Marco N. Viggiani", a Brazilian concert promoter. Lightly creased with folds, not at signatures. Staple holes at upper left margin and corner. Ink notes (unknown hand) on first page. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by Photocopied Addendum signed: "Marco N. Viggiani", 1 page, 8½x11. Rio de Janiero, 1974 July 15. Addendum to clauses two and four of the Rider above. Clause two is amended to change the dates to August 7-20, 1974, with a total of six performance in 12 days. Clause four was changed the agreed-upon wage to $15,000. Lightly creased. Black marks touch signature and text (all legible). Overall, fine condition. With a number of supporting documents, unsigned, including: a carbon reference to this Rider; a copy of a January 3, 1974 letter from Mingus' booking agent, Jack Whittemore, noting receipt of $1,000 from Brazilian promoter Marco N. Viggiani; a carbon letter from Whittemore, dated January 4, 1974, transmitting the contracts and asking if the promoter can arrange deals in Argentina and Venezuela as well as Brazil; a copy of a March 13, 1974 letter bearing the photocopied signature of Viggiani that suggests that Mingus' tour be changed to July as other performers, including Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson will be in Brazil during the original August time period; a March 30, 1974 response from Whittemore agreeing to the change from August 12 to July 10; a copy of a May 23, 1974 letter from Whittemore to the United States Immigration Service regarding Visas for Mingus and his group; and, a June 4, 1947 letter from Whittemore to Viggiani regarding Mingus being in Spain on July 25, and asking that Viggiani make arrangements for the group to fly to Spain instead of New York from Brazil. With two photocopies of Mingus' South American itinerary, which included performances at the Municipal Theater in Sao Paulo (July 11-12), the Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janerio (July 13-14), a possible date at Porto Alegre (July 15-17), performances in Buenos Aires (July 18-19), Beio Horizonte (July 20) and Brasilia (July 21). Also includes several telegrams, two from Viggiani to Whittemore and three from Whittemore to Viggiani, dated from April 23-June 3, 1974. All items are lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left corners of several items. Charles Mingus (1922-1979, who was also known as Charlie Mingus, was known worldwide as a jazz bassist, composer and bandleader as well as an occasional pianist. Mingus, who toured with Louis Armstrong in 1943 and played with Lionel Hampton's band in the late 1940s, was also briefly a member of Duke Ellington's band and played live dates with Charlie Parker before he gained recognition as a bandleader in his own right. Over the years, Mingus recruited dozens of talented and little-known artists, many of whom went on to successful careers of their own. On the tour referenced in this Rider, Mingus brought together drummer Dannie Richmond (who had been with Mingus since 1964), pianist Don Pullen, saxophonist George Adams and saxophonist and clarientist Hamiet Bluiett (Richmond, Pullen and Adams were among the group that recorded Changes One and Changes Two, two of Mingus' well-received albums). Mingus, who recorded a number of albums as a bandleader, co-founded Debut Records with Max Roach in 1952 to maintain control over his recording career. Known for his fearsome temperment (his nickname was "The Angry Man of Jazz") and his activism against racism, Mingus' compositions include Epitaph, one of the longest jazz pieces ever written (over 4,000 measures). Interesting collection of 17 items.

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