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…
The day-long musical tribute to hometown jazz legend Charles Mingus, Jr. last Saturday featured seven bands from Santa Cruz County and neighboring areas performing at the First Bank Yuma in Nogales.
Alicia Schooler-Hugg, Mingus’ niece, also joined the festivities.
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.