The Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts will hold its annual tribute to jazz great Charles Mingus at the 10th annual Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2018 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 Park, 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 festival will open with the Nogales High School Jazz Ensemble with special guest multi-instrumentalist Max Goldschmid. The Pima Community College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Kuhn, follows. The award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) Ellington Jazz Band led by Brice Winston will perform at 1:45 p.m. The Ellington band is on its way to its eighth appearance as one of the country's 15 top high school jazz ensembles at the Essentially Ellington contest at Jazz at Lincoln Center in May. The final ensemble of the day is the University of Arizona Bass Ensemble, led by assistant professor Philip Alejo, which will play music by Mingus and other notable jazz bassists and composers.

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 Mingus Memorial Park is a public/private partnership, the City of Nogales having donated the land, infrastructure and upkeep. The Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts was formed in 2007 to renew the celebration of Mingus' legacy by producing the annual "Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival," and by building the memorial park. 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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