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2013 Mingus Festival & Comptetition

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Congratulations to all the Finalists!

On Sunday, February 17th, competition finalists gathered to honor the memory and music of Charles Mingus.  Each band gave a commendable performance and displayed incredible heart and dedication.  Adjudicators considered rhythm, improvisation, interpretation, musicianship, and “Mingus Spirit” in their evaluations.

2013 Mingus Awards

Best Big Band

Non-specialized:  Boston Latin School Big Band

Specialized:  SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra

Best Combo

Non-Specialized:  Rio Americano Minguys Jazz Combo

Specialized:  SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo

Mingus Spirit Award

Batterman Ensemble, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Outstanding Combo Arrangement

O.P. & Nostalgia in Times Square:  Coleman Hughes, Newark Academy Combo

Outstanding Sections

Sax Section – Lexington High School Big Band

Sax Section – Tulsa Jam’bassadors All-City Band

Outstanding Soloists

Alexa Dumont – Bass – Foxboro High School

Noah Harrington – Bass – Lexington High School

Logan Kane – Bass – SFJAZZ

Kanoa Mendenhall – Bass – SFJAZZ

Jonathan Haywood – Drums – Tulsa Jam’bassadors All-City Band

Garrett Parrish – Drums – Lexington High School

Elena Pinderhughes – Flute – SFJAZZ

Scott Veilleux – Guitar – Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts

Joey Cozza – Piano – Rio Americano Minguys Jazz Combo

Peter Garofolo – Piano – Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Kaze Mauser – Piano – Tulsa Jam’bassadors All-City Band

Julius Rodriguez – Piano – MSM Precollege

Sam Hart – Saxophone – MSM Precollege

Julian Lee – Saxophone – MSM Precollege

Emery Mesich – Saxophone – Rio Americano Minguys Jazz Combo

Nathan Rice – Saxophone – Newark Academy

Coleman Hughes – Trombone – Newark Academy

Willens Jean-Jules – Trumpet – Boston Latin School

Andrew Stephens – Trumpet – Rio Americano Minguys Jazz Combo

Liam Werner – Trumpet – MSM Precollege

 

FINALISTS:

Rio Americano Minguys Combo
Foxboro High School Jazz Combo
Newark Academy Combo
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Jazz Ensemble 3
Batterman Ensemble, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
MSM Precollege Combo
Boston Latin School Big Band
Lexington High School Big Band
Newark Academy Big Band “Chameleon”
SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra
Tulsa Jam’bassadors All-City Band
MSM Precollege Big Band

This year, Sue Mingus offered the opportunity to play on Charles’ own legendary Lion’s Head bass in the Competition!

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New Year’s Eve Gala with Mingus Big Band

Don’t miss out on the New Year’s Eve Gala with Mingus Big Band at Jazz Standard!

Jazz Standard welcomes 2013 with a roof-raising gala performance by the Mingus Big Band in the Grammy Award–winning group’s first New Year’s Eve appearance since 12/31/2008. Critics have been raving about the Mingus Big Band ever since it launched in 1991 under the direction of Sue Mingus. “The Mingus Big Band, musician for musician, is one of the most spirited and technically gifted bands in the country,” said the Seattle Examiner, while the New York Daily News hailed “an astonishingly tele­pathic ensemble.” The Los Angeles Times described “a spirited blend of the lush harmonies and boister­ous blues sections, interwoven ensemble passages and sudden tempo shifts that made the late bassist Charles Mingus one of the most challenging and celebrated artists in jazz.” Jazz Standard with the Mingus Big Band is the place to be on New Year’s Eve 2012!  Visit the Jazz Standard website to purchase tickets online, or call (212) 576-2232.

Ticket purchase is all-inclusive and guarantees admission to the show and a 3-course feast of award-winning Blue Smoke barbecue. (beverages not included)

The Mingus Big Band performs at the Ottawa Jazz Festival

 

 

 

At the end of June, the Mingus Big Band traveled to Ottawa, Ontario, to perform in the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Mingus Big Band picked up the torch. Dedicated to the memory of the iconoclastic bassist and band leader who died in 1979, this 14-piece band performed Moanin’ and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat before deadline. Man, this is fierce stuff, that seems to defy almost every convention of what makes music musical. Sweet band arrangements and Charlie Mingus’ astral sound made for a gorgeous listen.”

–Comments from the Ottawa Sun

Read the review in the Ottawa Citizen!