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.
"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