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Charles Mingus and his band (pictured here Horace Parlan on piano) at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958.

Charles Mingus and his band (pictured here Horace Parlan on piano) at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958.

One of my favorite music stories ever is when Migus got pissed off at an off time piano player so he walked over to the piano mid-song and tore out the piano strings with his bare hands. Big scary dude but one of the greats.

One of my favorite music stories ever is when Migus got pissed off at an off time piano player so he walked over to the piano mid-song and tore out the piano strings with his bare hands. Big scary dude but one of the greats.

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