FREE MUSIC IN NOGALES ON APRIL 22 CELEBRATING THE 95TH BIRTHDAY OF CHARLES MINGUS AND DEDICATING A MEMORIAL TO THE FAMED BASSIST

The Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts will hold a birthday tribute to jazz great Charles Mingus at the 9th annual Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival on April 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The music festival is free and open to the public and will take place at the new Charles Mingus Memorial, 10 West Western Avenue, at the corner of Bejarano and Western, the former entrance to the all-black Army camp, Camp Little, where Mingus' father was stationed when Mingus was born on April 22, 1922. The memorial will be dedicated at this concert at around 1 p.m.

The festival will open with jazz bands from Rio Rico, Nogales and Patagonia high schools, and followed by the MI Corps Big Band from Ft. Huachuca with special guest Brandon Wright who performs with the Mingus Big Band out of New York City. The festival will close with the Latin Jazz Nonet from Tucson, led by percussionist Homero Ceron. There will be vendors with food and drink. Parking is available in the First Bank Yuma parking lot across the street at 825 N. Grand Ave.

The schedule is, roughly, 11 a.m. Patagonia High School Jazz Band; noon Rio Rico High School Jazz Band; 12:50 p.m. Memorial dedication; 1 p.m. Nogales High School Jazz Band; 2 p.m. Ft. Huachuca Big Band with special guest Brandon Wright; 3 p.m. Latin Jazz Nonet. After the festival, the Nonet will travel across the border to Nogales, Sonora under the auspices of the United States Consulate and perform at the annual Tequila Festival from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The festival is made possible by support from Santa Cruz County Schools Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Attorney's office, Jeong Lizardi PC, and Nogales Unified School District.

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