2015 Mingus Festival

Fred Milner leads the Challenger Elementary School Choir during the 2015 Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival. The group is set to perform at this year’s edition on Saturday.

The eighth annual Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival returns to Nogales Saturday, April 23 with a day-long tribute to jazz great Charles Mingus.

The free festival is set to run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Bank Yuma Nogales Business Center, 825 N. Grand Ave. The site is across the street from the former entrance to Camp Little, the U.S. Army camp 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 and Lo Bros. The Nogales High School Jazz Band will wrap up the performances.

Mingus’ niece, Alicia Schooler Hugg, is scheduled to attend and bring copies of the book “The Art and Soul of Jazz: A Tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr.,” that she and her sister Carol Bowie wrote.

Food and drink vendors will be on hand, and there will be a beer garden as well. Chairs will be provided but concertgoers are also invited to bring their own chairs and blankets. The event is presented by the Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts.

The lineup

10 a.m: Rico Rico High School Bands (Red and Black)

11:10 a.m: Patagonia Union High School Jazz Band

11:50 a.m: Pima Community College Jazz Band

1 p.m: Lo Bros

2 p.m: Challenger Middle School Chorus

2:40 p.m: Los Nawdy Dawgs

4 p.m: Ft. Huachuca Jazz Band

5 p.m: Nogales High School Jazz Band

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