WKCR will be celebrating by presenting his music and celebrating his legacy throughout the day.
Thanks to LesDNJ for the Mingus Big Band feature!
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.
The Charles Mingus composition “Moanin'” was sampled for Jordin Spark’s new track “1000”. You can hear the Mingus Big Band sample on her new album, “Right Here Right Now”.
Two Mingus compositions — “Dry Cleaner of Des Moines” and “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”– can be heard in an upcoming production JACO: A Documentary Film.
JACO tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who changed the course of modern music. Never-before-seen archive footage unveils the story of Jaco’s life, his music, his demise, and the lasting victory of artistic genius. Featuring Joni Mitchell, Sting, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Santana, Wayner Shorter and more. JACO will leave you longing for a time when “musicians owned the music industry.” Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo with Passion Pictures (Searching For Sugar Man) and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijack.