TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE MINGUS / LECTURE TO LIVE!!! Fri Sep 24 (Night 2) – The CLF Art Lounge is proud to welcome one of the world’s leading authorities on Jazz Music, Curator, DJ, Historian and Strata records owner AMIR ABDULLAH – for an incisive lecture, DJ + Live session celebrating the life, musical genius and works of the ultimate Jazz double bass player/composer/arranger, one CHARLIE MINGUS at The CLF Art Lounge and Roof Garden.

AMIR offering insights into the re-discovered and Strata / BBE released CHARLES MINGUS LOST PERFORMANCE from the 70’s. Followed by a listening session of the works and then two jazz meets brass meets sets dropped by THE BRASS RASCALS (LIVE) – Free Entry, Live In The Lounge.

BRASS RASCALS (LIVE) Set. Band on stage around 10pm – performing 2 live sets, with DJ AMIR playing both nights intermissions and post band Friday til 1am.


My Discovery of the Mingus master tapes, Jazz In Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden By Amir Abdullah In the summer of 2017, I received an email from Barbara Cox, the owner of Strata Records, stating that her friend Hermine Brooks (wife of jazz drummer Roy Brooks) had in her possession a live recording of the Charles Mingus concert at the Strata Concert Gallery. Now, I knew of this famed 1970s concert, but I certainly did not know that a recording existed. I contacted Hermine and we had a really nice conversation about the concert. From there, I was able to have John Morales (the famed DJ and producer) pick up the masters (5×2 track tape recordings) from Hermine and transfer them to digital formats.

With the discovery of these masters, I am able to appreciate and understand the genius that was Mingus. As a composer, he is considered one of the greatest American composers and the heir to Duke Ellington. In fact, after acquiring Mingus’ sound recordings, papers, correspondence, and photos; the Library of Congress described it as “the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library‚Äôs history.”

Topics to be discussed:

– The moment when I realized that these ‘ lost documents’ were/are important

– Mingus – who he was and his legacy

– The history and legacy of Strata as it relates to the Detroit music scene Strata East vs. Strata Records and their dynamics

– My history of archival research

Followed by a Mingus Tapes Listening session and Live Performance by THE BRASS RASCALS.


Seven of London’s most notorious brass rascals have joined forces to spread good vibes and serve up spicy bangers. Brass Rascals heralding the end of the Summer with a special Jazz meets Brass part Mingus-esque set alongside some jump up anthems that are guaranteed to touch your soul.

Amir Abdullah presents Mingus Lecture, Album Listening Session and Brass Rascals Live In The Lounge

Runs: Thu Sep 23 + Fri Sep 24

Doors: 5pm

Event times: 7pm – 12am (Thurs), 7pm – 1am (Friday),

Entry: Free (however we recommend you book a table to guarantee your space)

Walk-ins, always welcome!

See you deep inside or up on the roof






Artists: Amir Abdullah, Brass Rascals

Time: 19:00 – 01:00

Additional Info

Date of Event (Leave blank if you are not listing a gig)September 24, 2021