SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange is widely known for being a town full of arts and entertainment, and on Sunday evening one of its own received a Grammy Award.
Seth Abramson, artistic director of New York club the Jazz Standard, co-produced the Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard which won the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
The album was the club’s first Grammy victory.
Abramson accepted the award Sunday evening ,thanking many people involved in the album’s recording from WBGO-FM in Newark to Union Square Hospitality Group’s Danny Meyer.
“We’re so humbled by this,” Abramson said. “It’s truly an honor to play such an integral role in keeping the Mingus legacy alive and kicking. This never would’ve come to fruition without the experience and zeal of (co-producer) Sue Mingus.”
Big Band Live at Jazz Standard is the 10th Mingus Big Band recording. Seven of the big band’s recordings have been nominated for Grammys.
“The Mingus Big Band has found a home here at Jazz Standard,” Sue Mingus said. “We’re truly blessed to be performing at, and now celebrating with, Jazz Standard.”
Mingus Big Band at Jazz Standard celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1959 seminal albums by legendary composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979). The recording was originally broadcast live at Jazz Standard on “Toast Of The Nation” from NPR Music for WBGO.
Mingus Big Band performs live in concert at the Jazz Standard this weekend from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20.