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 2013 Sign in and room assignments


Competition logistics will be updated here, so bookmark this page! 

Emergency cell contact for the weekend
Sue Mingus 646-591-6344 sue @ mingusmingusmingus .com
Sarah Williams 713-702-0655 sarah @ mingusmingusmingus .com
(regular office is 212-736-4749 but office will be closed that weekend so please note our numbers.)

EQUIPMENT-wise, we will provide: piano, bass amps, guitar amps, drum sets, chairs, stands, mics. You need to bring or rent bass, hand percussion (bongo/conga), and anything exotic you might need. Rhythm section players should bring their own cymbals, sticks, clutches, brushes and patch cords.

For SUNDAY ONLY there will be a bass for warm-up. 

http://charlesmingus.orgSue Mingus is offering the opportunity to perform on Charles Mingus’ own legendary Lion’s Head bass in the Competition!

We recommend the following instrument rental studios:

475 10th Ave., New York, NY 10018
(212) 627-4900

Carroll Musical Instrument Rentals, LLC
625 W. 55th St. #6, New York, NY 10019 (between 11th & 12th Avenues)
(212) 868-4120

Carroll Music will deliver on location.

February 15-18, 2013


Jazz Standard is located at 116 E. 27th Street, between Park and Lexington.

The charge is $30/$15 students Fri and Sat. Sunday and Monday is $25/$12.50 students. You must contact the club directly to make your reservation. There is no minimum charge (for food and drinks). Sheena Mohan at: 212-576-2232 (Jazz Standard) or 212-447-7733 (Blue Smoke) or smohan @ (The doors open about an hour before set times.) You need to be there 1/2 hour before set time to hold your reservation.

On Sunday, Feb 17 (when Outstanding Soloist winners can “sit-in” and play with the Mingus Big Band) if you have made a reservation for the first set you must be there at 7pm. If you run late, you can call on the phone before 7pm and tell them you are with the Mingus Competition and they will make an exception and hold your reservation. Note: plan for the Awards will probably be over by 6:45.

Parking for Jazz Standard: E. 28th (btw Park/Lex), E. 24th (btw Park/Lex), E. 31st (btw Park/Lex) and at 6pm there is free street parking for bus and car on the safe streets around the club.

SATURDAY 10am-5pm at MSM. (TBC)

Full day of clinics to be detailed on the main schedule (to be announced at a later date)

MSM address is 120 Claremont-entrance is on West 122nd and Broadway.

AT MSM: There is parking for buses near MSM, on the west (river) side of Riverside Drive opposite Grant’s Tomb at 122nd St. Car parking: GMC Parking Garage is located at 532 West 122nd St, less than a block from the School. Parking can also be found along the street, however, visitors are cautioned to follow parking restrictions carefully and not to leave valuables in their cars.

The cafeteria will be open on Saturday 8:00 am till 6 pm (TBC). You can also bring your own snacks and beverages. There are also vending machines.

You will sign in when you arrive. Sign-in can start at 9:15 Saturday morning. There wil be rehearsal room assigments posted when you arrive.

Finalists will have rehearsal time/lunch on Sat from 10am-12 then films, clinics and jam sessions. Jam sessions are for finalist students only. You will have student room assignments.

10am-12pm Rehearsal tim/lunch for finalists.  Please let us know if you will be rehearsing so we can schedule you a room. (You will NOT have rehearsal time on Sunday. You WILL have a half hour of warm up time before your performance.)  You must email Sarah by Thursday, January

12pm Mingus films and welcoming, gathering of all schools.

1pm-2:30pm Clinics

2:30-5pm Finalist Student Jam sessions in ADES and Studio 610.  Student assignments for each sessions will be e-mailed to Band Directors by Sarah in advance. Please tell your students which session they are assigned to.  NOTE: Cymbals are provided for the jam. We wish to discourage personal use of cymbals as it reduces the time for each student to jam. You will bring your own cymbals to the competition!

Mingus Big Band will do three sets at Jazz Standard that evening at 7:30pm, 9:30pm, 11pm.

If you haven’t made other plans for dinner on Saturday (the cafeteria closes at 6), you might want to try pizza at Bettalona, 3134 Broadway, La Salle & 125th St/Tiemann Place Tel. (212) 749-1125. It’s large and a few blocks away from MSM and surely they could have pizzas available to you if you preorder. Here is a link to chowhow search for pizzaGoogle maps lists restaurants as well.

SUNDAY Approx 9:30am-6pm Competition at MSM.

The cafeteria will be open Sunday 8:30am till 4:00 pm (TBC). You can also bring your own snacks and beverages. There are also vending machines.

Bands may arrive starting at early morning 8:30am on Sunday. However, bands should arrive at least 90 minutes before their scheduled performance. We strongly advise that all groups arrive early Sunday morning so they can see the entire competition.

Each band will have a Manhattan School of Music student assigned to it, to answer questions and help them find their rooms.

Each band will be given its own holding classroom for coats, instruments, and individual warmup on the 4th and 5th floors (assignments will be given the week prior.) These rooms will be locked and secured, but please use common sense in regard to carrying cash with you. MSM and LMCHM are not responsible for the loss of instruments or personal items.

Groups will move to Ades rehearsal space on the first floor, one hour before their scheduled performance. They will have a half-hour to warm-up, then proceed to the “on deck” site in the lobby. Right before their performance time, the groups will be escorted to backstage of Borden Auditorium. There will be no other rehearsal available, so please use the time on Saturday!

Combos will be placed around a fixed piano, bass, and drum set-up. The big bands will be standard stacked big band setup.

Groups will have 30 minutes to perform their selections (20 minutes of music, 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off stage). No disqualification will occur for going slightly longer, but groups MUST try to stay within the allotted time. For Combos, Band Directors may introduce but may not stay on stage to conduct.


After the Competition, Outstanding Soloists from the day will be invited to sit in with the Mingus Big Band at Jazz Standard. Again, please let us know if you will be attending: how many, which set.

We can recommend hotels in the area but all arrangements will be the responsibility of the participants., and others show some reasonable rates for that period for 2 stars and better. If you need 9 or more rooms ask for someone in group sales to help you, but look around first so you know where you want to stay. Manhattan School of Music is on the upper west side, so anywhere on the west side or near Central Park would be ideal, easy to get around by bus, cab, or subway. Times Square is also very exciting for kids, has major chains with group rates and is also accessible. Research will also yield some good results, such as the following article in the New York Times about affordable boutique hotels: Manhattan School of Music offered to extend their discount code for Lucerne Hotel, a luxury hotel on 79th St near Broadway and Central Park. Please ask for code if you wish to stay there.

Additionally recommended:

On The Avenue Hotel, at Broadway & 78th Street.
Hudson Hotel, 356 W. 58th, 800-697-1791
The Lucerne Hotel, 201 W. 79th St., 800-492-8122

Please ask for GROUP RATES.

Also, we’ve set up a Facebook Group for the Competition:

Twitter hashtag: #mingus2013 and we will be linking to your news items on our news pages and other social media, so please keep us informed of articles and news about your band!

The Competition will not be recorded except for promotional use. No recordings will be provided to groups. You are welcome to record your own group provided it is done without disrupting the proceedings.