Most of Mingus’ early experiences such as the effects of racism on his musical career were manifested in compositions that primarily focused on justice, racism and discrimination. In practice, Charles Mingus quickly gained a reputation as an experienced bass performer. He soon joined a number of bands like Lionel Hampton and KidOry where he further perfected his professional experience in music. After settling in New York in the early 1950s, Charles Mingus began playing and recording with a number of leading musicians of his time some of which included Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. He eventually became a leading musician and creative composer until his death in 1979.