The Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts will hold a day-long tribute to jazz great Charles Mingus with the Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival on April 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The music festival is free and open to the public and will take place at the First Bank Yuma Nogales Business Center, 825 N. Grand Ave., across from 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 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. Chairs will be provided but concertgoers are also invited to bring their own chairs and blankets. The festival is made possible by support from Santa Cruz County Schools Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Attorney's office, Jeong Lizardi PC, Nogales Unified School District and Young Audiences of Santa Cruz County. Mingus' niece, Alicia Schooler Hugg, will be in attendance and will bring copies of the book she and her sister, Carol Bowie, wrote, The Art and Soul of Jazz: A Tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr.
The original "Jazz on the Border: The Mingus Project," was a program of the Tucson Jazz Society and the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce and was funded through a Collaborative Initiative Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and ACA and was held 23 years ago, in 1993.