FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2012 – New York, NY
Sue Mingus and Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute and Justin DiCioccio and the Manhattan School of Music announce finalists (see attached) and an exciting lineup for the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival weekend. This year’s nationwide Competition will include events produced with Manhattan School of Music, as well as other events produced by Let My Children Hear Music including a public concert of Mingus music conducted by Gunther Schuller. The Mingus Big Band will perform all weekend at Jazz Standard, and on Sunday night, Outstanding Soloists from the Competition will have the opportunity to sit in.
Saturday begins with a full day of clinics and workshops at the Manhattan School of Music (122nd Street & Broadway) including master classes for instruments and sections, lectures, films, and clinics that explore aspects of Mingus music, followed by a student Mingus jam. Prominent educators and musicians have listened to tapes and will participate in the clinics and adjudicate the Competition on Sunday, also at MSM, which will feature the top 12 big bands and combos from around the country.
Please note various locations for the other events taking place. All events are open to the public. More details to be announced at http://mingusmingusmingus.com
2012 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
-The Rivers Big Band, Rivers School, Weston, MA. Band Director: Philippe Crettien
BIG BAND CATEGORY-Specialized Schools and Programs
-Jazz House Big Band, Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ. Band Director: Julius Tolentino
-York College Blue Notes, New York, NY. Band Director: Tom Zlabinger
-Lexington High School Jazz Combo, Lexington, MA. Band Director: Ken Gable
-Newark Academy Combo, Newark Academy, Livingston, NJ. Band Director: Julius Tolentino
-Rio Americano Combo, Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, CA. Band Director: Max Kiesner and Josh Murray
COMBO CATEGORY-Specialized Schools and Program (There was a tie for the 3rd spot so 4 combos will compete.)
-Batterman Ensemble, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, WI. Band Director: Mark Davis
-Jazz Ensemble 3, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, CT. Band Director: Kris Allen
-Jazz House Small Group, Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ. Band Director: Radam Schwartz and Julius Tolentino
-LaGuardia High School Jazz Sextet, LaGuardia High School Jazz Sextet, New York, NY. Band Director: Kevin Blancq
FRIDAY, FEB 17-SUNDAY, FEB 19 MINGUS BIG BAND at Jazz Standard 116 E. 27th btw Park & Lex http://jazzstandard.com. Sets at 7:30pm/9:30pm. Fri & Sat third set at 11:30pm. Fri/Sat: $30/$15 students, Sunday $25/$12.50 students.
SATURDAY, FEB 18
-FULL DAY OF CLINICS, MASTER CLASSES, AND JAMS at Manhattan School of Music 122nd Street & Broadway http://www.msmnyc.edu. Free and open to the public.
-MINGUS ORCHESTRA conducted by Gunther Schuller. Details coming.
SUNDAY, FEB 19
-Mingus High School COMPETITION at Manhattan School of Music. 122nd Street & Broadway. MSM Mingus group and Mingus Dynasty performs. Free and open to the public.
-MINGUS BIG BAND at Jazz Standard. Sets 7:30 & 9:30 with Outstanding Soloists from the Competition sitting in. $25/$12.50 students
MONDAY, FEB 20 MINGUS band at Jazz Standard 116 E. 27th btw Park & Lex.
Sets at 7:30/9:30. $25/$12.50 students
“You are guaranteed a great and profound experience when you perform music by this giant of jazz composition.”
—Gunther Schuller, conductor/ Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/educator
“The deep study of this music has affected our lives. It’s changed us as people and players.”
—Jeffery Leonard, Lexington High School band director
$33,000 FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP at MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC **
will be awarded to:
BEST SOLOIST at
2012 MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION
** contingent on Level of Performance, Application & Acceptance
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