From the WBGO blog: April 21, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam: Presidents Day was the climax of a big week for the legacy of Charles Mingus and those who love it. First, after many nominations, the Mingus Big Band won the Best Large Ensemble Grammy for the CD of their New Year’s Eve show, originally broadcast on Toast of the Nation! Five days later, students by the band-ful came to New York for the third national Charles Mingus High School Competition, founded by Sue Mingus, at Manhattan School of Music. (You can see the winners here.) As part of the weekend, on Friday night, I went to Jazz Standard to see the Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band, as bassist Boris Kozlov announced them. The club was full of teenagers and the spirit in the room was joy. The next night, the Mingus Orchestra gave a concert at St. Bart’s Church on Park Avenue & 50th St., an un-amplified concert in which the high cathedral ceiling and smooth, colorful stone walls and floor all became part of the music. You can hear this concert on WBGO and wbgo.org. Michael Bourne hosts the special broadcast for Mingus’s birthday, Friday, April 22 at 8pm.
We are happy to announce that NPR “Jazz Set” will broadcast Mingus Orchestra at St. Bart’s Church February 2012. Look for video clips coming soon, too!
This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of
American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
Friday April 22, 2011 is the birthday of Charles Mingus.
Nationwide celebrations will be held. Two are highlighted below.
APRIL 22, 2011 at 8pm Eastern
WBGO 88.3FM NY will broadcast nationally the Mingus Orchestra concert, conducted by Gunther Schuller and recorded at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue, February 19, 2011 in connection with theCharles Mingus High School Competition & Festival. The program will be hosted by Michael Bourne. If you aren’t in NY, you can listen in on the web at that time at WBGO.org.
By Jason Rabin “For the Manhattan School of Music, February means Mingus, Mingus, Mingus! In partnership with Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute, the school is hosting its 3rd annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival, February 18-21.”
Mingus Big Band Wins Grammy!
Mingus High School Competition & Festival at Manhattan School of Music
Mingus Orchestra Concert at St. Bart’s
NEW YORK, February 15, 2011—On Sunday, February 13, 2011,
the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards honored Mingus
Big Band Live at Jazz Standard as the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble
Co-produced by Sue Mingus and Seth Abramson, Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard
marks the 10th Mingus Big Band recording, seven of which have been nominated
for Grammys. It is the first win for Mingus music, though legendary jazz
composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979) himself received a Grammy for the liner
notes on his album Let My Children Hear
Music and a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, and in 1999 the
album Mingus Dynasty (1959) was
inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
This concert celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of seminal
1959 albums Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Ah Um, and Blues & Politics, and was originally broadcast live on Toast Of The Nation from NPR Music,
produced by Mark Schramm, Thurston Briscoe and Becca Pulliam for WBGO under the
musical direction of Sue Mingus.
Saturday, February 19, 2011, this same team will record the
Mingus Orchestra live at St. Bartholomew’s Church for later broadcast on WBGO.
The concert will feature several Mingus compositions conducted by Gunther
Schuller with special guest harpist Edmar Castaneda. This concert is produced
by Let My Children Hear Music (The Charles Mingus Institute) and made possible
by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
The Mingus Big Band also performs live in concert at Jazz
Standard this week from Friday, Feb 18 – Sunday, Feb 20, designed to correspond
with the 2011 Charles Mingus High School Competition at Manhattan School of
“It’s going to be a huge experience,” said Medfield junior Luke Rosenfeld, who plays piano in the jazz band. “Playing with the Mingus Big Band is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s not something you can just do every day.”…“The seniors were especially overjoyed because it’s their last year and some of them had been selected as part of the Essentially Ellington [high school jazz band] competition when they were freshmen,” he said. “The Mingus competition is very similar…and they got to play with [trumpeter] Wynton Marsalis and other phenomenal artists. We’ve been practicing Charles Mingus’s music for a few months now; we are very excited.”During the master clinics, a member of the Mingus Big Band will work individually with students.“Being taught by them is going to be huge,” said Rosenfeld, who has been playing piano for 10 years….“The students have really grown to love Mingus’s music and have become passionate about it,” said Olsen. “It’s such a unique experience for these students to hang out and interact with these famous musicians in New York City and get to meet other inspired high-level musicians from around the country.”
Adam Linz, Combo director and a staunch advocate for the music of Charles Mingus, couldn’t be happier. “The Mingus High School Competition is one of the most high profile jazz gatherings in the world…The music of Mingus somehow taps into the youth of America. I think it is the emphasis on energy and the band concept that draw young people to his music. It requires that you step up and be heard and not hide in a section. It also promotes individuality among the people that tackle it. The meek need not apply. So we are very excited to go to NYC and meet other young people from around the country that share our love for this man and his music! We are also excited to show everyone our commitment to Mingus in the lives of young people.” Notes MacPhail President/Chief Operating Officer Paul Babcock, “This is a terrific opportunity for the students in the Dakota Combo. They have great passion and enthusiasm for playing jazz and especially have developed a great love for playing the music of Charles Mingus. It’s an honor have the Dakota Combo perform at the Mingus competition and be selected among the excellent high school jazz groups from across the country.””I’m absolutely thrilled,” said saxophonist Danny Hupp. “To be thrown into an environment where everyone has the same passion as you is exciting, but also somewhat terrifying. I honestly cannot wait.”Adds pianist Quentin Tschofen, “I’m really looking forward to the competition and workshops. What’s particularly exciting is the opportunity to play jazz in New York among a lot of people who really love the art form…And now we need to rehearse!”
2011 MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION FINALISTS
The finalists (in alphabetical order by school) are:BIG BAND CATEGORY
Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, Lexington, MA. Band Director: Ken Gable
Jazz Ensemble I, Medfield High School, Medfield, MA. Band Director: Douglas Olsen
Two O’Clock Jazz Band, Wellesley High School, Wellesley, MA. Band Director: Steven ScottBIG BAND CATEGORY-Specialized Schools and Programs
Jazz Elite, White Plains, NY. Band Director: Iantheia Calhoun
Jazz House Big Band, Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ. Band Director: Julius Tolentino
York College Blue Notes, New York, NY. Band Director: Tom ZlabingerCOMBO CATEGORY
Lexington High School Jazz Combo, Lexington, MA. Band Director: Ken Gable
Conceptual Sextet, Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, CA. Band Director: Max Kiesner
Rivers Select 1 Combo, The Rivers School, Weston, MA. Band Director: Philippe CrettienCOMBO CATEGORY-Specialized Schools and Program
Jazz Ensemble 4, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, CT. Band Director: Kris Allen
Dakota Combo, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN. Band Director: Adam Linz
MSM Precollege Combo, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY. Band Director: Jeremy ManasiaComplete Press Release