Newark Academy’s Jazz Combo and Chameleon Named Finalists at the Charles Mingus Festival

Both the Newark Academy Jazz Combo and Chameleon jazz band have been selected as finalists, out of several groups from all across the nation, in the 15th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival at The New School of Jazz in New York City on February 18-19.
The festival, which celebrates the music of the great jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus, will feature 12 finalist ensembles from all over the United States including California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Texas. The groups will participate in instrumental clinics, workshops, lectures, films, jam sessions and performances. Newark Academy has been named a finalist in several previous years since its first appearance in 2012, and even won the High School Big Band Category in 2014 and 2015.

“We are so excited to be back at the Mingus Competition,” says Jazz Director Julius Tolentino. “Charles Mingus’s music contains so many elements of what we hold dear in jazz, swing and the blues — the avant garde, the element of surprise and an overall driving spirit. His music allows our students to find their individual voices in a group sound.”
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