• August 21

    Jazz In the Valley 2022

Celebrating 100 years of Charles Mingus

"Mingus has always inspired me as a musician-composer; the way he balances concept and content is what drew me to his work. The sacred space he creates where improvisation and composition intersect, is a major influence on my own work. Mingus also adds another factor to the balance of content and concept, which is consciousness. Mingus’ “Don’t Let It Happen Here”,“Meditation on Integration”, “Fables of Faubus”, plus others are works that deal with social issues and injustice. Using music to promote social justice is ingrained in every breathe I take, so the triple C factor – Content, Concept and Consciousness – will be highly celebrated in our centennial salute of Charles Mingus. Joining me in this celebration are people who bring these same elements – Content, Concept and Consciousness – to their work.”   - Craig Harris, Guest Curator

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