Mingus The Jazz Cat

Charles Mingus

Mingus the Jazz Cat became Berklee's mascot in 2004 after students voted to name the new mascot after Charles Mingus. A bassist, bandleader, composer, and more, Charles Mingus (1922–1979) is one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers of all time.

Charles Mingus playing bass in dramatic lighting

"It's not every day that you have a hip cat and a Berklee mascot named after a family member. I think that I can say that Charles would be very pleased himself. He was a cat lover-not only the musical variety, but the mouse-chasing kind too. He had a cat named Nightlife that he loved." ~ Sue Mingus, Charles' wife






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Mingus the Jazz Cat dancing with students