Here’s a hilarious bass player-related story from All About Jazz:
The documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has a story he clearly loves to tell. He was walking in New York City a few years ago — on a date — when he heard a man he’d just passed yell violently back at him: “What about Mingus?!” Preceding the name of the protean jazz bassist was a pungent (and unprintable) expletive.
Burns turned to his date and reassured her. “It’s just about ‘Jazz,’ “ he said, referring to his 10-part history shown on PBS in 2001, which drew big audiences and critics’ complaints that he overlooked key figures.
Complete story: TV/FILM: Ken Burns: What About Mingus?!