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Special Concerts

Mingus Dynasty: Tijuana Moods

A Special Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI Concert with a Free Lecture at San Diego Central Library


Monday, January 22, 2018

All concerts begin at 7:30PM.


The Athenaeum’s spring series at the Auditorium at TSRI (10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive) begins early this year with this special performance by Mingus Dynasty, composed of seven members of the Mingus Big Band, all leading jazz artists from New York City: Alex Sipiagin, trumpet; Wayne Escoffery, tenor sax; Brandon Wright, alto sax and flute; Ku-umba Frank Lacy, trombone & vocals; Theo Hill, piano; Boris Kozlov, bass; and Adam Cruz, drums. They come to Athenaeum Jazz to perform a rare revival of Charles Mingus’s celebrated 1957 album Tijuana Moods, documenting Mingus’s lively and compelling impressions of our neighboring city of Tijuana. A seminal figure in American music, Charles Mingus is considered alongside Duke Ellington as one of the most important composers in jazz history. While based for most of his career in New York City, Mingus was born along the border in Nogales, Arizona, and was raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. This concert is presented in association with the San Diego Symphony’s 2018 winter festival, It’s About Time: A Festival of Rhythm, Time and Place, with grant support from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).



The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute

10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive

San Diego, CA 92121


Individual Tickets: $30 members / $35 nonmembers


Online tickets are subject to ticketing fees.

UC San Diego Helen Edison Lecture Series

Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

Saturday, January 20, 2 PM

San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Morgan Auditorium

330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101


Free of charge, register at


Presented in association with the Athenaeum’s January 22 concert by Mingus Dynasty. Join UC San Diego music professor, internationally celebrated percussionist, and It’s About Time festival curator Steven Schick for a discussion of the legacy of African American composer Charles Mingus and his historic Tijuana Moods album. Panelists will include alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, one of the most long-standing members of a Charles Mingus band; Anthony Davis, UC San Diego professor of music and noted composer, pianist, and improviser; and others to be announced.