Charles Mingus brought a fire and energy to the jazz world that had never been seen before!

His compositions and the personnel in his bands were all thoroughly steeped in the swinging
blues/jazz traditions, yet fiercely modern and avant guard for their time.
Sydney baritone saxophonist Steve Fitzmaurice has brought these compositions to life again
with his arrangements of the Mingus repertoire for the 9 piece powerhouse ensemble 'Mingus
Amongst Us'.
Featuring the best jazz musicians from all over the country, 'Mingus Amongst Us' perfectly
captures the raucous, fiery energy that Mingus and his compositions were famous for.

"It's raucous, just as Mingus would have liked it!"
Jessica Nicholas ABC Jazz

"Earthy, passionate and sophisticated, blues and gospel inspired jazz"

"There's so much energy in Mingus, so much of it is released by this ensemble"

Mingus Amongst Us

This exciting 9-piece ensemble captures the raw, infectious energy of the classic bands of legendary bassist and composer Charles Mingus.


Led by Sydney saxophonist Steve Fitzmaurice, Mingus Amongst Us has a rotating personnel, with Sydney and Melbourne editions featuring many of the hottest players in town. The turnover of personnel helps ensure that the band doesn’t sound too comfortable. Instead, they maintain a bustling energy, and an air of unpredictability that always seems to draw the audience into the drama of Mingus’ music.



Recent venues


django bar 100logo

annandale hotel 100

paris cat



white night


new hampton

bennetts lane

the wheatsheaf hotel sa 

press club

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