The Athenaeum’s Jazz Program


WHEN:                                   Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.—Ralph Moore Quartet
Thursday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.—Dave King Trio
Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.—Ben Allison & Think Free
Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.—Claudia Villela & Kenny Werner
All concerts begin at 7:30pm
WHERE:                                  Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
                                                1008 Wall St., La Jolla, CA  92037
TICKETS:                                 Call to reserve (858) 454-5872
Single Tickets: $21 members / $26 nonmembers
Series: $76 members / $96 nonmembers
The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues with our annual winter series of concerts in the Music Room of the Athenaeum Library (at 1008 Wall Street in La Jolla). This winter includes ensembles ranging from duo to quartet, featuring some of today’s top artists in jazz. Seating is limited, so early reservations are strongly suggested! For tickets and information, call 858-454-5872 or go to
The winter series opens on Friday, February 9, with the Ralph Moore Quartet, featuring Moore on tenor saxophone, Eric Reed on piano, and bass and and Willie Jones III on drums. One of the leading saxophonists to emerge in the 1980s, Ralph Moore has a career that includes associations with artists such as Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, and J.J. Johnson. Active as a member of The Tonight Show Band from 1995 to 2010, his first Athenaeum performance dates to 1997 as a member of pianist Cedar Walton’s Eastern Rebellion quartet with Billy Higgins. He is joined for this performance by stellar pianist Reed, a former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, praised by JazzTimes for “his expansive jazz vocabulary and wide-ranging sensibilities … sophistication, maturity, and deep swing.”
Thursday, February 15, brings a local debut by the Dave King Trio, featuring King on drums, Matt Mitchell on piano, and Billy Peterson on bass. Best known as the rhythmic engine behind The Bad Plus, Dave King brings a finely wrought musicality and wicked humor to every project he has been involved with. A multidisciplinary musician and composer, King has collaborated with artists ranging from Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano to Boots Riley and the Mark Morris Dance Group. For this concert, King presents his telepathic trio, a band documented on King’s 2012 release, I’ve Been Ringing You. “King transforms standards like ‘If I Should Lose You’ into dark and ethereal riddles. On paper it’s his most traditional move to date, but unlike any standards record in recent memory”—The Village Voice.
The series continues on Thursday, February 22, with an Athenaeum debut by the Ben Allison & Think Free, a quartet led by celebrated NYC-bassist Allison with Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Steve Cardenas on guitar, and Allan Mednard on drums. In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading jazz voices of his generation. Called “one of today’s best young jazz musicians” by the Boston Globe and a “visionary composer, adventurous improviser, and strong organizational force on the New York City jazz scene” byJazzTimes, Allison has released 13 albums as a leader, including Layers of the City, the latest with his current band. JazzTimes celebrated the album for creating, “a mood of deep thoughtfulness with a touch of mystery.”
The series concludes on Friday, March 2, with a special duo date by two Athenaeum favorites, vocalist Claudia Villela and pianist Kenny Werner. A Rio de Janeiro native, Villela has collaborated with jazz giants, including Toots Thielemans, Michael Brecker, and Bela Fleck, while maintaining close ties to fellow Brazilian masters. The Village Voice wrote, “She’s a stunning unbelievable artist, totally at ease, completely natural and unaffected … deeply musical.” She reunites for this concert with Werner, revisiting their collaboration on their 2004 duo album, Dream Tales. Werner has graced the Athenaeum stage with artists such as Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans, Oscar Castro-Neves, Peter Erskine, and Kenny Wheeler. JazzTimescalled him “one of our most literate and visceral pianists,” and the New York Times celebrated him as “a pianist who tempers fearsome technique with a questing spiritualism.”
About the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library 
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. Founded in 1899, the Athenaeum provides library resources in music and the arts and presents over 200 programs and cultural events annually at four venues in four different zip codes in San Diego. This rare cultural institution offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists’ books in Southern California. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, acoustics, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, tours, and special events. The library is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday. Members can check out library materials for a modest annual fee. For information on the benefits of becoming a member, call (858) 454-5872 or visit
In 2016 the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library expanded its offerings to a satellite location in Logan Heights, the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC), which is being developed as a multicultural community center and hub for local artists. The AAC features an art school studio, a print studio, and an events space, with a bilingual manager, for exhibitions, lectures, and concerts. The AAC offers a wide variety of art classes from painting and sculpture to multimedia and printmaking through the School of the Arts. The Athenaeum Art Center is located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights in the Bread & Salt complex, open Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and for scheduled programs and classes.