“Libraries are supposed to be places where silence prevails, but the quiet of the Athenaeum feels expectant, perhaps because jazz has been presented there for 20 years…The acoustics are excellent and a beneficent ambience is created by the long shelves of music books and the art covering the walls.”
—Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes magazine
“A devotion to showcasing top-quality artists has been a constant at the Athenaeum…That the jazz series has not only survived, but thrived, for a quarter century is cause for celebration.” “Artists who have performed here under the auspices of the Athenaeum include past and present legends…[and] area headlining debuts of younger artists who are also likely to achieve legendary status.”
—George Varga, UT San Diego
"This thoughtful series presents jazz with the seriousness and dignity becoming the art form."
—DownBeat magazine, “150 Great Jazz Rooms”
“One of the west coast’s more discerning jazz concert series…”
—Josef Woodard, JazzTimes magazine
"For 20 years, San Diego jazz fans have counted on La Jolla's Athenaeum Music & Arts Library to present concerts showcasing the rich and varied artistry of jazz."
—Beth Wood, La Jolla Village News
"Stellar jazz in La Jolla"
—George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The intimate and acoustically pristine Athenaeum Library was packed with fans primed for the event."
—Robert Bush, San Diego Reader
(Photo by Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)