UCLA Charles Mingus Ensemble

The Charles Mingus Ensemble, founded at UCLA in the fall of 2011, brings together students with backgrounds in jazz, classical, and world music to integrate compositional and improvisational traditions, following in the footsteps of composer, bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus. The ensemble plays compositions by jazz greats including Mingus, as well as originals composed by members of the ensemble and the occasional foray into music from outside the jazz canon. Tonight offers the chance to see a new generation of musicians inspired by the spirit and creativity of Charles Mingus.

COST: About $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Buy your own tickets. Seating is general admission. There should be tickets available at the door.

TICKET LINK: http://www.freightandsalvage.org/ucla-charles-mingus-ensemble

WHEN/WHERE TO MEET: Meet just outside the main doors by 7:30 p.m.(The show starts at 8:00 p.m.) I'll aim to hang around outside the doors from about 7:25 to 7:40 p.m. to corral any stragglers, and then I'll go in and find the rest of the group. if we're still missing people when I go inside, I'll post a message to this Event Page saying where we're seated, so latecomers can find us, and I'll leave my cellphone on until the music starts.

HOW TO FIND ME: I'm WF, 5 feet tall, in my fifties, with short auburn hair. See my photos on the Meetup site. I'll wear a black v-neck short-sleeved top and black pants, and carry my Oakland Museum shoulder bag (see a photo of the bag with my Meetup profile and photo). I'll send my cellphone number to RSVPers before the show.

TRANSIT: The Freight is located less than a block from the downtown Berkeley BART station and AC Transit bus stops. There is a paid parking lot down the street (I think you have to go around the corner to enter it, though), and free street parking is also typically available as you get farther away from Shattuck.

MORE INFO FOR DRIVERS:

Directions, plus info on more parking lots:
http://www.freightandsalvage.org/directions

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  • Lara S

    Loved the show, Paula! As you said, "fantastic energy." Thanks for another great choice!

    1 · September 22

  • Paula M.

    More info on the band, from a Berkeleyside interview this week (saxophonist not named, darn it!): http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/09/18/jazz-the-la-way/

    1 · September 21

  • Paula M.

    One of the strongest shows I've seen in a long time (and a real "steal" at just 12 bucks). Fantastic energy (the band played almost 2 hours nonstop), with excellent playing of some really complex pieces. I liked all the musicians' performances, though I was especially wowed by the saxophonist. (Now I just have to find out his name in case of future shows in the area!) ... The Meetup contingent had a 50 percent No-Show rate, alas, but kudos to those who made it to the show on a Sunday night, especially given that just about everyone came from outside the East Bay, to boot. :)

    1 · September 21

  • Paula M.

    Am going inside; look for me in first row far left side in front of piano.

    September 21

  • Paula M.

    Saving seats in font row on left side; Jenny is sitting there now. Lots of seats available....

    September 21

  • Paula M.

    Am standing out front of the Freight now

    September 21

  • Cathy C.

    Sorry, Paula. I didn't realize I was off the waiting list and made other plans for tonight.

    September 21

    • Paula M.

      Oh, the Meetup system should've sent you a Notice that you were moved up yesterday, but no worries! I'm eyeing a bunch more East Bay shows over the next month (not posted yet). Catch you another time :)

      September 21

    • Lakeisha

      Hello! I just saw this meetup and would like to attend. Paula, can I take Cathy's place?

      September 21

  • Paula M.

    Hi, all - I just emailed my cellphone number to all RSVPers. Please have access to that Sunday in case you need to reach me. See my description in the How to Find Me section of the Event Description (and my photos on my Meetup profile). I'll look for people outside the Freight at 7:30 p.m. ... If you're running late, see info on what to do in the When/Where to Meet section of the Event Description. ... See you all Sunday:)

    September 21

  • Paula M.

    UPDATE: No word back yet from anyone wanting to do dinner or drinks before the show. If I don't hear back from anyone about that by Saturday at 11:00 p.m., I'll assume that there are no takers for a pre-show gathering and will simply meet people outside the Freight & Salvage's main doors at 7:30 p.m. for the show. (I'll be emailing my cellphone number and final details to people after 11:00 p.m. Saturday.)

    September 19

    • Lara S

      I can't make pre show drinks/dinner, Paula, but maybe another time ") Looking forward to the show! Last one went to that you arranged was great =P

      September 19

  • Paula M.

    I'll be emailing all RSVPers a few days before this event to gauge interest in an optional pre-show drink or food. There's an Indian fusion bar a few blocks away that I really like. Kind of "Indian tapas," more or less, and fun cocktails, in a restaurant area one flight up from the street-level bar. I've been there several times and liked it each time, as have the friends I've taken there.

    September 14

  • Jenny

    GO BRUINS!!!

    August 30

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