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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…

Nogales’ 8th Annual Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival

The Eighth Annual Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival returned to Nogales Saturday, April 23 with a day-long tribute to jazz great Charles Mingus.

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Photo credit: Lucy Bigelow | Fred Milner leading the Challenger Elementary School Choir.

The festival opened with jazz bands from Rio Rico and Patagonia high schools, followed by the Pima Community College Jazz Band, Nawdy Dawgs, Challenger Elementary School Choir and Lo Bros. The Nogales High School Jazz Band wrapped up the performances.