Life and work
Mixon prepared initially for a career as a Tap Dancer. So he took lessons with Ruth Williams, before he attended the High School of Performing Arts, where he focused on dance, before the Apollo Theater, where he experienced jazz musicians who moved to the piano after the impression of a visit. In 1966 he accompanied the band of trumpeter Sam Brown Patti Labelle, and then play 1967-1970 at Joe Lee Wilson. 1971 and 1972 he performed regularly with Betty Carter. He was also a member of the big band by Frank Foster, he belongs to the present. Then he led his own trio, took on the Piano Choir; still he sang with Kenny Dorham, Cecil Payne, the Jazz Messengers, with Grant Green, Pharoah Sanders ( 1975), Joe Williams, Eddie Jefferson and Dee Dee Bridgewater. 1976 Mixon as the successor of Don Pullen member of the quintet of Charles Mingus, with whom he toured internationally was. After the death of Mingus he played with Dannie Richmond, with whom he was in Europe, toured with Yusef Lateef, and then to act in Lionel Hampton several years. Then he played with Hank Crawford. He is the musical director of the Lenox Lounge in Harlem and enters with his trio regularly in New York.
2004 Mixon was honored by the Jazz Museum in Harlem.
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Malben under its own name
- Building Bridges (2004)
- On My Way ( 2007)
- Betty Carter: Vols. 1 & 2 ( Verve, 1971)
- Charles Mingus: Cumbia & Jazz Fusion ( Atlantic Records in 1977, only on the second piece, Music for Todo Modo )
- Dannie Richmond: Ode to Mingus ( Soul Note, 1979)