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MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC and
LET MY CHILDREN HEAR MUSIC
THE CHARLES MINGUS INSTITUTE announce
Sue Mingus and Justin DiCioccio, producers
CHARLES MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION & FESTIVAL
Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20
This Year Celebrating Mingus’s 90th Birthday Anniversary
Saturday, February 18
Beginning at 12:00 p.m. -- Mingus Film clips; Woodwind, Rhythm and Brass Clinics; Conductors’ Clinic and Student Jam Session at Manhattan School of Music
7:30 p.m. -- Mingus Orchestra Concert; Gunther Schuller, conductor
Bringing Mingus’s music back to its Gospel and Blues Roots at St. Bartholomew’s Church
Sunday, February 20
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. -- Mingus High School Competition at Manhattan School of Music
Ten Schools from throughout the U.S. competing in Combos & Big Bands
5:30 p.m. -- Mingus Dynasty Performs (with Alex Foster, Seamus Blake, Philip Harper, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Helen Sung, Boris Koslov and Donald Edwards)
Awards Ceremony to Follow
Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20 Mingus Ensembles at the Jazz Standard
February 1, 2012, New York – The music and legacy of Charles Mingus will be returning to Manhattan School of Music on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, 2012, when MSM collaborates with Let My Children Hear Music/the Charles Mingus Institute to host the Fourth Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival. This year’s tribute, co-produced by Sue Mingus and Justin DiCioccio, celebrates Mingus’s 90th Birthday Anniversary. The 2012 Charles Mingus High School Competition will be bringing some of the country’s most talented young jazz musicians to New York City to attend workshops, play in jam sessions and to compete in combo and big band categories, with all of the sessions showcasing Mingus’s music. Ten schools from throughout the United States, announced in early January, were selected by leading jazz musicians and jazz educators to take part in the competition.
On Saturday, February 18 at Manhattan School of Music (located at Broadway and 122nd Street) a full afternoon of woodwind, rhythm and brass clinics as well as a conductor’s clinic for participating band directors; Mingus film clips and a student jam session will be taking place. The public is invited to attend.
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woodwind Clinic with Steve Slagle (alto sax) and Seamus Blake (tenor sax)
Rhythm Clinic with Boris Kozlov (bass); David Kikoski (piano) and Donald Edwards (drums)
Brass Clinic with Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Conrad Herwig (trombone)
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Conducting Mingus’s Music with Justin DiCioccio, Gunther Schuller and Carl Atkins
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Student Jam Session featuring the music of Charles Mingus
On Sunday, February 19 at Manhattan School of Music the Mingus High School Competition will be taking place. Prominent educators and musicians listened to tapes submitted by schools from throughout the United States and selected the big bands and combos, announced in early January, who will be competing that day. From this pool they have chosen 12 schools hailing from California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Wisconsin who will be traveling to New York for the competition.
The competing combos and big bands are:
Combo Category (Regular High School)
Adjudicators: Randy Brecker, Justin DiCioccio, and Carl Atkins
10:00 a.m. -- Lexington High School Jazz Combo; Lexington, MA; Ken Gable, Band Director
Performing: Nostalgia in Times Square (arr. by Evan Tarrh); Ecclusiastics (arr. by Ken Gable); and So Long Eric (arr. by Josh Gilbert)
10:30 a.m. -- Newark Academy Combo; Livingston, New Jersey; Julius Tolentino, Band Director
Performing: Boogie Stop Shuffle; Song With Orange; and Jelly Roll
11 a.m. -- Rio Americano Jazz Combo; Sacramento, CA; Max Kiesner and Josh Murray, Band Directors
Performing: Work Song; Nostalgia in Times Square (arr. by Jeric Rocamora) and Better Git Hit in Your Soul
Combo Category (Specialized Schools and Programs)
Adjudicators: Randy Brecker, Justin DiCioccio and Carl Atkins
11:45 a.m. – Jazz Ensemble 3; Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts, Hartford, CT.; Kris Allen, Band Director
Performing: Blue Cee; Orange Was the Color of Her Dress…Then Blue Silk; and Opus 4
12:15 a.m. – Jazz House Small Group; Jazz House Kids; Montclair, New Jersey; Radam Schwarz and Julius Tolentino, Band Directors
Performing: Peggy’s Blue Skylight; Nostalgia in Times Square; and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
12:45 p.m. – Batterman Ensemble; Wisconsin Conservatory of Music; Milwaukee, WI; Mark Davis, Band Director
Performing: Nostalgia in Times Square, Peggy’s Blue Skylight and Better Get Hit in Your Soul
1:15 p.m. – LaGuardia High School Jazz Sextet; New York, NY; Kevin Blancq, Band Director
Performing: Ecclusiastics (arr.by Isaac Sleator); Boogie Stop Shuffle (arr. by Zach Hicks); and Peggy’s Blue Skylight (arr. by Adam O’Farrill)
Big Band Category (Regular High School)
Adjudicators: Gunther Schuller, Alex Foster, and Conrad Herwig
2:45 p.m. -- Jazz Ensemble 1, Medfield High School; Medfield, MA; Douglas Olsen, Band Director
Performing: Jelly Roll, Ecclusiastics and Hora Decubitus (all arr. by Sy Johnson)
3:15 p.m. – The Rivers Big Band, Rivers School, Weston, MA; Philippe Crettien, Band Director
Performing: Jelly Roll (arr. Steve Slagle); Slippers (arr. Andrew Homzy); and Nostalgia in Times Square
3:45 p.m. – Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, Lexington, MA; Ken Gable, Band Director
Performing: Love Chant (arr. Steve Slagle); Gunslinging Bird (arr. Steve Slagle) and Opus 4 (arr..Boris Kozlov)
Big Band Category (Specialized Schools and Programs)
Adjudicators: Gunther Schuller, Alex Foster, and Conrad Herwig
4:30 p.m. – York College Blue Notes, New York, NY; Tom Zlabinger, Band Director
Performing: Haitian Fight Song; Fables of Faubus; and Moanin’ (all arr. by Sy Johnson)
5:00 p.m. – Jazz House Big Band; Jazz House Kids, Montclair, NJ; Julius Tolentino, Band Director
Performing: Gunslinging Bird (arr. Steve Slagle); Tijuana Gift Shop (arr. Michael Philip Mossman) and GG Train (arr. Boris Kozlov)
Concert and Awards Ceremony
5:30 p.m. – Mingus Dynasty with Alex Foster, Seamus Blake, Philip Harper, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Helen Sung, Boris Koslov and Donald Edwards; followed by the Awards Ceremony
The Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival includes additional events produced by Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute.
On Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. the Mingus Orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller will be showcased in a concert at St. Bartholomew’s Church (Park Avenue and 50th Street). This concert features the music of Charles Mingus – where it all began – back to its gospel and blues roots in the Church. The concert is FREE and open to the public (Contributions are Welcome).
On Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19, the Mingus Big Band will be performing at the New York City jazz club, the Jazz Standard (116 East 27th Street). Three sets are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; 9:30 p.m.; and 11:30 p.m. ($30 for adults and $15 for students); and on Sunday two sets are scheduled at 7:30 p.m.; and 9:30 p.m. ($25 for adults and $12.50 for students). On Sunday night, outstanding soloists named earlier that day in the high school competition, will be joining the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard. On Monday, February 20, the Mingus Orchestra will perform two sets at the Jazz Standard taking place at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ($25 for adults and $12.50 for students).
Charles Mingus, a virtuoso bassist, accomplished pianist, and bandleader is also recognized as a major 20th-century composer, whose entire works have been acquired by the Library of Congress – a first for jazz, and a first for an African-American composer. He recorded more than 100 albums and composed more than 300 compositions, music that is still considered far ahead of its time, leaving behind the largest legacy of composition in American music after Duke Ellington. The Mingus Bands remain devoted to this vast repertoire and under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, play to critical acclaim throughout the world. Their critical and popular successes are a testament to the power of Mingus’s composition. The availability of his music through published arrangements, educational books, school courses, and workshops, coupled with the hugely successful Charles Mingus High School Competition, have extended the reach of his legacy.
For information about the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival, call 212 736 4749 or visit www.msmnyc.edu or www.mingusmingusmingus.com. Manhattan School of Music is located on the northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street in New York City. All events at MSM are FREE and open to the public. St. Bartholomew’s Church is located at 325 Park Avenue at 50th Street. FREE (ContributionsWelcome). The Jazz Standard is at 116 East 27th Street between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue. For reservations and information about the Mingus performances at the Jazz Standard visit www.jazzstandard.com.
Sue Mingus has created and continues to direct repertory ensembles that carry on the music of her late husband, Charles Mingus, who passed away in 1979. The most well-known is the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, a New York institution, which performs weekly at the Jazz Standard, alternating with the Mingus Dynasty and the Mingus Orchestra. In 1989, she produced Mingus’s monumental 31-musician Epitaph in its premiere at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In 2002, Pantheon (Random House) released Sue’s memoir of her life with Mingus entitled Tonight at Noon, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. It was released in paperback by DaCapo press and has been translated into several languages. She has produced numerous Grammy-nominated recordings with Mingus repertory bands as well as a Grammy-winning recording in 2011 and several legacy recordings, including a previously unavailable Mingus concert with Eric Dolphy at Cornell University in 1964, recently released on Blue Note.
Sue Mingus has published educational books, starting with the ground-breaking Charles Mingus: More than a Fake Book, as well as the series Charles Mingus: More than a Play Along, distributed by Hal Leonard Publishers, along with a dozen Mingus Big Band charts, a book of guitar charts arranged by Jack Wilkins and, most recently, a new series for younger students called Simply Mingus.
Justin DiCioccio, internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators of our time, was inducted into the Jazz Education Hall of Fame in January 2001. His keen insight into teaching and his inventive approach has earned him the title “the musician’s teacher.” His many performances, guest conducting appearances, adjudications, jazz and percussion clinics, and workshops are widely recognized in the professional and educational fields. In June 2002, Mr. DiCioccio was named Assistant Dean of Manhattan School of Music, where he has chaired the Jazz Arts Program since 1999 and has been a member of the jazz faculty, teaching percussion and coaching ensembles, since 1984. Mr. DiCioccio directs international jazz programs, in partnership with MSM, that take place in Amsterdam, Holland. Mr. DiCioccio has served as program director and clinician for Carnegie Hall Jazz Education, and acts as a consultant to Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis. He designed, developed, and directed the LaGuardia High School of the Arts jazz program, the first fully accredited secondary jazz program in the United States. Mr. DiCioccio is active with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Music for Youth Foundation, and the National Foundation for Jazz Education. He is a three-time recipient of the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in the jazz field by the U.S. Department of Education. In March 2010 he was confirmed as the State Department Appointed Cultural Envoy Jazz Ambassador to Tbilisi, Georgia.
Sue Mingus remarked about the Charles Mingus High School Competition, “Our adjudicators were impressed by the high quality of the submissions and thrilled to hear Mingus music played with such heart and commitment. We are all very excited to see Mingus energy thriving and inspiring these young musicians.”
Justin DiCioccio, one of the first jazz educators to introduce Mingus’ music to students some thirty years ago said, “Not only was Mingus the foremost jazz bassist of his time, but as a composer his music has the essence of what jazz is about.”
“You are guaranteed a great and profound experience when you perform music by this giant of jazz “composition.” stated Gunther Schuller.
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CHARLES MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION/FESTIVAL, Feb. 17 – 20, 2012
Friday, February 17 * Jazz Standard
7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, 11:30 pm Mingus Big Band
Manhattan School of Music
1:00 pm Woodwind Clinic: Steve Slagle and Seamus Blake
2:30 pm Rhythm Clinic: Boris Kozlov, David Kikoski, and Donald Edwards
2:30 pm Conducting Clinic: Justin DiCioccio, Gunther Schuller and Carl Atkins
2:30 pm Student Jam Session
St. Bartholomew’s Church
7:30 pm Mingus Orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller
7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, 11:30 pm Mingus Big Band
Manhattan School of Music * High School Competition
Combo (Regular High School): Randy Brecker, Justin DiCioccio, Carl Atkins; adjudicators
10:00 am Lexington High School Jazz Combo. MA
10:30 am Newark Academy Combo, New Jersey
11:00 am Rio Americano Jazz Combo, California
Combo (Specialized Schools /Programs); Randy Brecker, Justin DiCioccio, Carl Atkins, adjudicators
11:45 am Jazz Ensemble 3; Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts, CT.
12:15 pm Jazz House Small Group; Jazz House Kids, New Jersey
12:45 pm Batterman Ensemble, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
1:15 pm LaGuardia High School Jazz Sextet, New York
Big Band (Regular High School): Gunther Schuller, Alex Foster, Conrad Herwig; adjudicators
2:45 pm Jazz Ensemble 1, Medfield High School, MA
3:15 pm The Rivers Big Band, MA
3:45 pm Lexington High School Jazz Ensemble, MA
Big Band (Specialized Schools /Programs); Gunther Schuller, Alex Foster, Conrad Herwig, adudicators
4:30 pm York College Blue Notes, New York
5:00 pm Jazz House Big Band, Jazz House Kids, New Jersey
5:30 pm MINGUS DYNASTY: Alex Foster, Seamus Blake, Philip Harper, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Helen Sung, Boris Koslov and Donald Edwards; Awards Ceremony
7:30 pm, 9:30 pm Mingus Big Band joined by Outstanding Soloist from Competition
Monday, February 20 * Jazz Standard
7:30 pm, 9:30 pm Mingus Orchestra