We are honored to have had the participation of schools from all over the country in our 9th Annual Mingus Competition. See below for the list of finalists. 2017 High School Competition FINALISTS
Charles 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…
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.
WKCR will be celebrating by presenting his music and celebrating his legacy throughout the day.
Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival
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.