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When: Sun., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. 2014

Now that the ice-bucket challenge has had its 15 minutes of viral fame, the time is ripe for a more dignified and pertinent fund-raiser to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: the return of the Mingus Awareness Project. Named for celebrated bassist and composer Charles Mingus, who died from ALS in 1979, the semiannual event is organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective, which convenes a group of Chicago jazz musicians to give a concert of music written by or associated with Mingus that benefits the Les Turner ALS Foundation. This year the MAPtet’s lineup will be ten strong, including drummer Damon Short, trumpeter Dan Godston, and tenor saxophonist Paul Hartsaw; special guests may also step in. The program will feature some of Mingus’s catchiest numbers, such as “Haitian Fight Song” and “Better Get Hit in Your Soul,” as well as ambitious suites such as the mercurial “Sue’s Changes” and the politically charged “Fables of Faubus.” —Bill Meyer