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9th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival

Please join us February 17–20 for:

THE NINTH ANNUAL

CHARLES MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL

Sue Mingus, Chris Rosenberg, and Stephanie Crease, Co-producers

 

A collaboration between Let My Children Hear Music / The Charles Mingus Institute and the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music

 

From Friday, February 17, to Sunday, February 20, high school students from across the US will celebrate the music of Charles Mingus (1922–1979) as part of the 9th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival. The event will be hosted at Manhattan School of Music (MSM), with performances by the Mingus Big Band and Orchestra at the Jazz Standard. The 12 finalist ensembles – six combos, and six big bands – taking part in this year’s festival and competition are from California, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. See msmnyc.edu/mingus for complete schedule.

HIGHLIGHTS:

   

JAZZ STANDARD PERFORMANCES

Friday, February 17–Monday, February 20Tickets at jazzstandard.com

MINGUS FILM CLIPS & Performance by the MINGUS DYNASTY

Saturday, February 18 from 12–1:15 PM

Neidorff-Karpati Hall at Manhattan School of Music

Free

MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION, Closing Concert & AWARDS CEREMONY

Sunday, February 19 from 9:30 AM–6 PM

Neidorff-Karpati Hall at Manhattan School of Music

Free

LOCATIONS:

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

120 Claremont Avenue

Entrance on 122nd at Broadway

Tel: 212.749.2802

JAZZ STANDARD

116 East 27th Street

between Park and Lexington

Tel: 212.576.2232

 

QUESTIONS? communications@msmnyc.edu

R.I.P. Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff, distinguished jazz critic, author, and educator, died at the age of 91 on Saturday January 7th, 2017. He was one of the few critics Charles trusted immediately. Their friendship lasted a lifetime.

Below are liner notes that Nat wrote for Charles Mingus’s album The Clown in 1957.
“Some weeks ago, for no reason at all but curiosity and pleasure, I listened for several days to nothing but Charles Mingus recordings from the 1950’s, What particularly struck me was how fresh the music continues to be. Since Mingus was never modish and therefore never fell into idioms that were “hip” at the moment, his musical voice was and still is entirely, compellingly his. But also, as I listened through the hours, I heard more true originality, more boldness of lines and colors and rhythms, and more depth of all kinds of emotions than I hear in much of what is regarded as “advanced” jazz…”

Some notable Mingus albums for which Nat wrote liner notes include: Blues and Roots, Pithecanthropus Erectus, The Clown, Jazz Workshop 1957-1958, Three or Four Shades of Blues, Cumbia and Jazz Fusion, Me Myself an Eye, Something Like a Bird, The Essential Mingus Big Band, Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-1961, Chair in the Sky, Changes One, Changes Two, Mingus Moves, My Favorite Quintet, Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Mingus Plays Piano, Oh Yeah, Tijuana Moods, Reincarnation of a Lovebird, Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, Mingus!, Mysterious Blues, Jazz Portraits: Mingus in Wonderland, A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry, East Coasting, Mingus Three, Charles Mingus and the Newport Jazz Rebels, The Complete 1960 Nat Hentoff Sessions…

Nat Hentoff with Charles Mingus in the early 1960s…

Jazz Master of the Month on WEAA 88.9FM

Charles MingusCharles Mingus is featured on WEAA’s Jazz Master of the Month!

Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bassist, and an accomplished pianist bandleader, and composer. Mingus favored complex rhythms, mixed harmonies and a combination of structured and free improvisation in his music, drawing heavily from black gospel music and the blues…