MOJO honors London with award
If you don’t know who Hosea London is by now, then you haven’t been paying attention. Not only did he pick up a pair of Arty Awards from the Mobile Arts Council in late March, but he’s been one of the most visible jazz musicians in Mobile for decades.
The Florida native moved to Mobile in the mid-1970s and began a quarter century of teaching at the Albert P. Brewer Development Center. He also taught for a while in Mississippi and Florida.
The trumpeter joined Mobile’s omnipresent and iconic Excelsior Band in 1976. He became director in 2002.
“My predecessor played until he passed away. Most of the time, that’s how we step down,” London said, as evidenced in the recent deaths of trombonist Marion Ward and percussionist Jerome Bryant.
In addition to Excelsior, London is also bandleader for the E. B. Coleman Orchestra, a 15-member big band organized in 1955 and named after a famous local musician and educator.
London is director of the Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival’s Marcus Johnson Jazz Camp and of the Mobile Big Band Society’s Jazz Studio educational program.
Owing to his integral status in Mobile’s jazz scene, the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) will bestow London with its 2019 Jazzalea Award on Monday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the Jazz Studio ensemble.
The event is a return to MOJO’s longtime setup. It takes place in Bellingrath Hall at Central Presbyterian Church (1260 Dauphin St. at the corner of Ann and Dauphin), where an open floor plan allows MOJO to recreate the cabaret-style seating so popular in its now-closed traditional venue.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner and beverages will be available.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
Tasty Tex-Mex fun with MAC
If you want a Cinco de Mayo warmup, make plans to attend the Mobile Arts Council (MAC) Taco Takedown on Sunday, April 28, noon–3:30 p.m. in Cathedral Square. The fundraiser is promised to be “a day filled with tacos, tequila, talent and fun,” with local chefs supplying unique tacos. Entertainment and live music will be on hand.
Interested culinary artists and vendors can participate by emailing Shellie Teague at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prizes will be awarded for People’s Choice and first, second and third place. Local artist Lucy Gafford created the awards.
Advance tickets (through April 26) are $15 and free for kids 10 and under.
Day-of tickets are $20 and free for kids 10 and under.
Tickets include three taco tokens with additional tokens available on-site.
For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to
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