Sixth Annual Charles Mingus high school competition and festival

The music and legacy of Charles Mingus will be returning to Manhattan School of Music on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, when the MSM Jazz Arts Program collaborates with Let My Children Hear Music/the Charles Mingus Institute to host the Sixth Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival. This year, some of America's most talented young jazz musicians, hailing from California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin, will be coming to NYC to attend workshops, play in jam sessions and to compete in combo and big band categories. All of the sessions feature the music by Charles Mingus.

The competition's goal is to provide an opportunity for high school music students to explore the enormously varied works of Mingus, who left one of the largest and most personal legacies in 20th-century American composition, and to find their own individual voices within the music. The all-day competition, FREE and open to the public, begins at 9:30 am on Sunday in MSM's Borden Auditorium the morning offers combos; the afternoon big bands concluding at 5:30 p.m. with a closing ceremony and concert by the MSM Mingus Ensemble coached by Ku-umba Frank Lacy.

Sue Mingus and Justin DiCioccio are the festival's co-producers.

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