Synopses & Reviews
Tonight at Noon is a story of love between American opposites: she, a product of privilege, a Smith College graduate who worked as a journalist in Europe and in New York; he, an authentic jazz master, a brilliant, eccentric, difficult artist, a scion of Watts, Los Angeles, who would become one of America's foremost composers. Charles Mingus's improbable love for Sue Graham, his unpredictable confrontations, excesses, and exaggerations, drew her into a bewildering world, one where jazz and art were magnificent obsessions -obsessions refracted through Mingus's individualistic interpretation of life itself. It was a world that was as hostile, enlightening, and baffling as any far-off country. In Tonight at Noon, Sue Graham tells the story of that world, of her tumultuous, passionate marriage, and of her personal odyssey inside and outside its confines. Here is a love story that is also an important chapter in jazz history, a portrait of a marriage that also sheds light on the inner workings of a rare and complex artist whose music still plays to packed concert halls almost twenty-five years after his death.
"Tonight at Noon" is the story of the tumultuous, passionate marriage of Sue and Charlie Mingus, and of Sue's personal odyssey inside and outside its confines. An illuminating look at an important chapter in jazz history and at the inner workings of a rare and complex artist, it is essentially a love story--heartbreaking, joyous, and unforgettable.
The elegant and unsparingly honest memoir of the romance between jazz titan Charles Mingus and Sue Graham Mingus.
About the Author
Sue Graham Mingus, a former magazine editor and publisher, is currently a music producer. She has created and directs repertory ensembles that carry on the music of Charles Mingus. She lives in New York City.