Thanks to LesDNJ for the Mingus Big Band feature!
This annual festival will open with jazz bands from Rio Rico and Patagonia high schools, followed by the Pima Community College Jazz Band, Nawdy Dawgs, Challenger Elementary School Choir, Lo Bros and ending with the Nogales High School Jazz Band. There will be vendors with food and drink, and a beer garden.
The local newspaper of Columbia, Missouri, named Charles Mingus’ 1959 album “Mingus Ah Um” as the Jazz Record of the Week.
The Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Ohio, selected Charles Mingus’ “Mingus Ah Um” at the record of the week.
“Thanks to everyone who attended the Eighth Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival at MSM on President’s Weekend, coproducer by Sue Mingus and MSM Jazz Arts. The event was a great success, drawing students from several new schools and programs from coast to coast in a great celebration of Mingus Music.”